George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Battaile Muse, 6 May 1786

From Battaile Muse

Belvoir May 6th 1786

Honourable Sir,

The waggons that stored my wheat on the roads Last winter I did not Expect would have brought the wheat To your Mill as they had neglected their duty so Long. at Last they have delivered it—which makes more than the Quantity Engaged—I shall be oblige to you To buy it at 5/6 ⅌ Bushel1 or to let it be ground for me I have sold Wheat to Colo Griffin at that price. I am Sir your Very Hble Servant

Battaile Muse


1In Ledger B description begins General Ledger B, 1772–1793. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , 213, GW credits Muse between 17 Feb. and 6 May with £230.15 for 735 bushels of wheat. For GW’s purchase of wheat from Muse in December 1785, see Muse to GW, 28 Nov., 10 Dec. 1785, 12 Jan. 1786, and GW to Muse, 16 Dec. 1785. GW wrote Muse on 12 May refusing Muse’s offer to sell him the “surplus wheat,” apparently fifty bushels belonging to Dr. Wilson Selden (see Muse to GW, 15 Nov. 1785, 4 June, 11 July 1786). At the same time, GW agreed to manufacture and pack flour for Muse, and Muse sent to GW’s mill 500 bushels of wheat (GW to Muse, 12 May, 1 July, Muse to GW, 4 June). See also Muse to GW, 31 Aug., 26 Nov. 1786, and GW to Muse, 25 July, 1 Aug., and 4 Dec. 1786. Colonel Griffin may be Samuel Griffin of Williamsburg.

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