George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nathaniel Russell, 22 August 1791

From Nathaniel Russell

Charleston [S.C.] 22 August 1791. Sends a bottle of olives, from a garden of Mr. Bull’s about two miles from Charleston, which were cured and pickled by a lady in this city.1


Nathaniel Russell (1738–1829), a native of Rhode Island, moved to Charleston before 1770 and established himself as a leading merchant.

1Tobias Lear replied to Russell on 9 Sept. that GW was “much pleased to find that this valuable fruit is cultivated and brought to such perfection in the united States, and begs you will accept his best thanks for your polite attention in forwarding him this sample. The Lady who cured and pickled them will likewise be so good as to accept his acknowledgments” (DLC:GW).

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