George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Peters and Company, 16 September 1788

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

Go: Washington

LS, in the hand of Tobias Lear, ViMtvL; LB, DLC:GW.

1See the noncommittal response from the commercial firm of Peters & Company of Baltimore, dated 21 October.

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