George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Hugh Young, 16 February 1789

From Hugh Young

Balto. [Md.] 16th Feby 89

Respected Sir

It’s with pleasure I inform you, your Goosberry Slips are in excellent Order 1 Captn Dwyer2 has taken such care of them & kept them so warm that notwithstanding the intense cold Season they have now buds near an inch long. I find it will not answer to send them by the Land Stage, as the Jolting would effectually destroy the⟨m⟩.

You may therefore expect them by the first Packett after the Navigation is Open which I hope will soon take place, at present but little prospect of it.

Captn Dwyer behaves very polite & refusd accepting any freight.

Mrs Young Joins in most respectful Compts to you & Good Lady, With, Sir Your Most Obedt Hble Servt

Hugh Young


Young was a Baltimore merchant. On 1 Feb. 1789 he and his wife came to Mount Vernon and stayed the night (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 5:444).

1These “gooseberry plants of a remarkable fine kind” were the gift of William Persse of Ireland. See Persse to GW, 11 Oct. 1788, and GW to Persse, 2 Mar. 1789.

2Captain Patrick Dwyer brought the slips from Galway. See Robert Adams to GW, 13 Oct. 1788.

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