George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Burgess Ball, 13 February 1794

From Burgess Ball

Leesburg [Va.]-–13th Feby 94

Dear sir,

I recd yours a few days past mentiong that you had procured the Clover Seed for me, and that it wd be forwarded as soon as the Ice wd permit.1 As I have troubled you so far, I wd take the liberty of requesting you’ll be so good as to procure & send me 2 or 3 Bush: of the Chocolate Shells such as we’ve frequently drank Chocolate of at Mt Vernon, as my Wife thinks it agreed with her better than any other Breakfast.2 I hope you’ll excuse my thus troubling you, as I know not how else we can procure it. We recd the Braceletts &c. for which Fanny is greatly obliged to Mrs Washington for her trouble in gettg made &c.3 I have sent down but 13 Bush: of B: wheat, the Thaw havg come on just as I had set in to hauling. It shall all be down as soon as possible.4 I am Dr sir Yr Affect. Hble servt

B. Ball


1For this letter, see GW to Ball, 3 February.

2In his letter to Ball of 24 Feb., GW promised to procure the desired chocolate, and on 24 Feb. he paid $2.20 for “2½ busls chocolate shels, and barl to send to Colo. Ball” (Household Accounts description begins Presidential Household Accounts, 1793–97. Manuscript, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. description ends ). On 16 March, GW wrote Ball that both the chocolate and clover seed were on board a vessel bound for Alexandria, Virginia. On Ball’s receipt of these items, see his letter to GW of 5 April.

3The bracelets for Ball’s wife, Frances Washington Ball, were sent along with GW’s letter of 3 February.

4William Pearce, GW’s farm manager, had received 131 bushels of buckwheat from Ball as of 18 March (GW to Ball, 23 March 1794).

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