From William Augustine Washington
Blenheim [Westmoreland County] June 1st 1785
Your Esteem’d favr by Mr Blane, I recd and was particularly attentive in collecting of the Holly Berrys, agreeable to your request, wch I trust has got safe to hand1—I have been industrious in inquiring for some Wild Goose & Swans for you, at length I have procured these Geese, which I now send you, the one with a tame Goose for a Mate is a present from Mr McCarty to you, who desired me to inform you that the Wild Goose has been much attatch’d to his Mate for these three Years past, for wch reasin he sends you the tame Goose, least the Wild one should leave you, as he can fly perfectly well2—I shall indeavour to procure you some Swans this Winter—By the Bearer you will receive a Gross of ⟨Hues⟩ Crabb Cyder, wch you will much oblige me by accepting ’tho not so good as I could wish, from the management of my Cyder last fall being left intirely to the Negroes, from the Loss of both my Overseers.
This fall I shall direct a Hogshead to be put up in the best manner for you—Mrs Washington joins me in our Loves to you & Mrs Washington—and believe me to be Dr Sir Your Sincerely Affectionate
Wm Augt. Washington
William Augustine Washington (1757–1810) was the son of GW’s half brother Augustine Washington, who died in 1761, and the husband of Jane Washington, the daughter of GW’s brother John Augustine Washington.
1. GW’s letter has not been found; Blane may be Thomas Blane (Blaine) of Westmoreland county.
2. GW noted in his cash accounts for 4 June the payment of eighteen shillings for “Freight Cyder & 3 Wild Geese from Capt. W. Washington” (Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 203), but see also GW’s diary entry for 19 May (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 4:141). Daniel McCarty (d. 1795) of Pope’s Creek was a near neighbor of William Augustine Washington.