George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Washington, 30 June 1785

To William Washington

Mount Vernon 30th June 1785.

Dear sir,

My nephew delivered me your letter of the 21st of April. For the kind attention shewn him by Mrs Washington & yourself he entertains a grateful sense, & I offer you my sincere thanks, which I should be glad to renew to you both, in person at this place. He enjoys a tolerable share of health, but is gone to (what are called in this Country) the Sweet Springs, to obtain a better stock to fit him for the pleasures, & duties too, of a matrimonial voyage, on wch he is to embark at his return.

I would thank you my good Sir, for the Acorns, Nutts, or seeds of trees or plants not common in this Country; but which you think would grow here, especially of the flowering kind: the best method, I believe, to preserve those which are apt to spoil by withering & drying, & from worms, is to put them into dry Sand as soon as they are gathered; this retains the moisture in them, and vegitative properties, without sprouting. Mrs Washington joins me in best respects to you & your Lady, & I am with truth & affection, Dr Sir—&c.

G: Washington


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