George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Richard Sprigg, 1 April 1787

To Richard Sprigg

Mount Vernon Aprl 1st 1787

Dear Sir,

It is, I believe, beyond a doubt that your Jenny is with foal by my Spaniard. As I have two imported female Asses (very fine) which will be put to my Jacks this Season, & from which I may expect the pure breed; you are very welcome to the produce of your own, & the sooner you send for her the better, and less risk will be run in removing her. At present she is in very fine order having been well fed & attended through the Winter1—With compliments to Mrs Sprig I am—Dear Sir Yr Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, PWacD: Sol Feinstone Collection, on deposit PPAmP.

1One or more of Sprigg’s jennies were at Mount Vernon before the end of June 1786, and the arrangements for the return of two of them to Maryland were not completed until the end of September 1787 (GW to Sprigg, 28 June 1786, 28 Sept. 1787). GW is referring to the jennies that Lafayette gave him in 1786 (see James McHenry to GW, 5 Nov. 1786, and the references in note 1 of that document).

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