George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Pearce, 15 June 1794

To William Pearce

Philadelphia June 15th 1794

Mr Pearce

Your letter of the 8th with its enclosures I received yesterday.1 If nothing, unforeseen by me at present, intervenes to prevent it, I shall leave this City for Mount Vernon the day after tomorow; (tuesday) but as the weather is warm, my horses fat & out of exercise, and I may have occasion to stop a day on the road, it is not probable I shall reach home before sunday or monday next. I shall have two white waiters with me—one a hostler, who may sleep over the Store, in the room usually occupied by Mr Whiting. the other attends particularly on me, and may have a bed made for him in the Garrot (South end) in the room without a fire place.2

Try the Turnip seed, in order to prove its goodness; for it is provoking to be at the trouble & expence of preparing ground for seed that never vegitates.3

As I expect to see you so soon, I shall add nothing more at this time than that I am Your friend and well wisher

Go: Washington

ALS, ViMtvL; ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW.

1Neither Pearce’s letter nor the enclosures have been found.

2GW’s valet at this time was Jacob Baur. The hostler has not been identified.

3On 17, June GW debited his accounts $6.67 paid for "Turnipseed to send to Mt. Vernon" (Household Accounts).

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