George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Benjamin Ogle, 17 August 1785

To Benjamin Ogle

Mt Vernon 17th Augt 1785.


The enclosed from Mr Dulaney did not come to my hands (being from home) until sunday last. I thank you for your obliging offer of two or three Fawns; but presuming the season is now too far advanced either to catch or gentle them, I will not send before I hear further from you on this subject.1

If it is too late to obtain them this year, I would thank you for the like number next Spring; by which time I shall have a proper inclosure for them, & for the Deer of this Country, of which I am also endeavouring to procure a stock to breed from.2 With compliments to Mrs Ogle, I have the honor to be &c.

G: Washington


1The enclosure from Benjamin Tasker Dulany has not been identified, but there is in DLC:GW a letter, docketed by GW, from Ogle to Dulany, dated 12 July. It reads: “I recd yr favr by Cracroft & do assure you Genl Washington (to whom present my Complts) is exceedingly wellcome to two or three fauns, Mr [Richard] Sprigg spoke without Book when he said I was unwilling to part with them, the truth is its very difficult to catch them & I wish the General may not be disappointed, but if he will send a careful hand I will give all the assistance in my power.”

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