George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Fitzhugh, 25 February 1786

From William Fitzhugh

Chatham February 25. 1786.

My Dear Sir

I have declined answering your last Favour hitherto,1 that I might have an Opportunity of seeing the different farming Gentlemen in this Neighbourhood, from whom I might have a Chance of getting you some Oats, & I am sorry now to inform you, that I cannot procure a single Bushell—Page & Spotswood have furnish’d themselves with some valuable Seed of the true black English Oat, and also of the white Poland, from an English Farmer, lately arrived;2 I have with difficulty obtain’d one Bushell of the black Kind, so that amongst us, next year, I am in Hopes we shall be able to supply you—The Moment the Weather becomes tolerable I shall send off the young Doe—in the mean Time, I am with every good Wish for your Lady & Family, in which Mrs Fitzhugh unites with me, Dear Sir Your Aff: & Obed: Ser.

W. Fitzhugh


1GW must have responded to Fitzhugh’s letter of 17 Jan., but it has not been found.

2Both John Page and Alexander Spotswood, like GW, were very interested in experimental agriculture.

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