George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Ogle, 20 August 1785

From Benjamin Ogle

Bellair [Md.] Aug. 20 1785


In a day or two after I understood you expresd a Wish for a few Fauns, (which I do assure you will give me particular pleasure to supply) I came to this place & immediately endeavour’d to get, but found them too forward1—They begin to drop about the 15h June & unless they are caught within ten days its as difficult as to catch the old ones, but Sir if you will please to send a carefull Servant the 20th you may be certain of not being disappointed,2 the younger they are taken, the easyer raised—should they drop sooner I will give timely notice—I am with compts to yr Lady Honrd Sir yr Most obedient Humb. Servt

Ben. Ogle


2Ogle is referring to 20 June of the next year, 1786. GW wrote George William Fairfax on 25 June 1786: “Mr Ogle of Maryland has been so obliging as to present me Six fawns from his Park of English Deer at Bell-Air.” See also Ogle to GW, 12 July 1786.

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