George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Burgess Ball, 27 May 1794

From Burgess Ball

Leesburg [Va.]—27th of May 1794.

Dear sir,

For a considerable time past I have been in a bad State of Health, and to endeavour to regain it I took a Trip to Alexandria to put myself under the direction of Doctor Craik, & from thence made a Visit to Fredericksbg—I thank God, I find myself mendg, but have so little appetite I regain my flesh very slowly.

I saw Mr Pearce 2 or 3 times, and being inform’d by him that he had only sowed about 300 Bush: of Buck Wheat, I conciev’d you wd not want the 45½ which was lacking of the 500, as 100 or 150 will be a great deal to sow for Seed and Cows & Hoggs—If however you wd rather have the Buck wheat, I will with pleasure procure & forward it in full time—It is scarce indeed, but had not two men disappointed me, it wd have been in my mill long ago. The wheat I was obliged to give 2/6 per Bush: for, and for the Carriage 1/. per Bush:, so that the whole Amot of the 454½ comes to £79.10.9, out of which is to be deducted the 200 dollar Bank Note, 3 Bush: of Clover Seed, & 400 wh[i]t[e] Fish & 2500 Herring that I got of Mr Pearce. Mr Chs Carter who lives with the Atty Genl had the Settlement of my Sons affairs in Philada, and I am owing for him Ball: of 25 dollars, which Sum I must request you’ll be so good as to pay Mr Carter, and the Ball: of the Accot we can settle when we meet again.1

Colo. Washington has grown much heartier and for some time past has declined—which makes us all happy—miss Milly & Sammy are here and (with Fanny) unite with me in wishing you & yours every filicity.2 I am Dr sir with the highest Esteem Yr Affect. Hble servt

B: Ball

P.S. Mr Dandridge will be good enough to take the 25 dollars to Mr Carter for me. B.B.

ALS, DLC:GW.

1Burgess Ball, Jr., Ball’s son by his first wife, Mary Chichester Ball, died during the yellow fever epidemic at Philadelphia in 1793. On 24 June, GW paid $25 to Charles Landon Carter "on accot of Colo. B. Ball" (Household Accounts).

2Mildred Gregory Washington and Samuel Washington were siblings of Ball’s wife Frances Washington Ball.

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