George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Weedon, 25 March 1787

To George Weedon

Mount Vernon, March 25, 1787.

I have received your favor of the 19th. and thank you for the trouble you have taken to procure for me the Jerusalem Artichoke, but as Captn. Grymes has been so obliging as to send me five Bushels of them which I expect are enough to plant an acre of ground (which will be sufficient to make the experiment I had in contemplation) as there is no way of getting them but by the Stage or sending on purpose for them and as it might have been inconvenient to Mr. Page to have spared what he furnished you with for my use, I pray you to return them to him with my thanks for the kind intention.1

I shall follow the directions contained in your letter unless upon further inquiry of him or others a better can be suggested, but I shall be glad to know whether in hills, or in drills, is the usual mode of planting, and at what distance. I am, etc.

Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington, description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed. The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745–1799. 39 vols. Washington, D.C., 1931–44. description ends 29:182–83. The ALS was advertised in the Henkels Catalog no. 660, item 83, 11 Feb. 1891.

1Letter not found. Mr. Page was probably Mann Page, Jr., who lived at Mannsfield near Fredericksburg. For references to the Jerusalem artichoke, see Benjamin Fitzhugh Grymes to GW, 14 Mar., and GW to Grymes, 16 March.

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