From James McHenry
[25 January 1791]
Mr McHenry begs the President will do him the honor to accept a small parcel of asparagus sent by the stage. It is carefully packed up in dry earth, and if delivered according to directions Mr McHenry hopes it will be found to have lost but little of its vegetable properties
Tobias Lear replied to McHenry on 31 Jan. 1791: “The President of the United States has received Mr McHenry’s polite note of the 25 Instant, and has the pleasure to inform him that the box of Asparagus came to hand in very good condition. The President begs that Mr McHenry will accept his most cordial thanks for this mark of kind attention—and will present his and Mrs Washington’s best compliments to Mrs McHenry” (DLC: James McHenry Papers).