To Peters and Company
Mount Vernon 16th Septr 1788
I have some Spring Barley for sale, and if you incline to buy it, would be glad to know what you will give delivered at my landing; or if this is not convenient for you what your price at Baltimore is.
It is raised from seed which Colo. Biddle of Philadelphia procured for me from a Mr Haynes a Brewer of that City; who had it (I am informed) from Rhode Island. It is, which I did not discover till growing, mixed, in a small degree, with oats. I mention it for the sake of plain dealing—and not because I am told it is a common case—and because it is generally so this year in the Eastern States.
Your answer by the first post will much oblige,1 Sir, Yr most Obedt Hble Servt
LS, in the hand of Tobias Lear, ViMtvL; LB, DLC:GW.
1. See the noncommittal response from the commercial firm of Peters & Company of Baltimore, dated 21 October.