George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Pearce, 1 October 1794

To William Pearce

Reading [Pa.] Octr 1st 1794

Mr Pearce,

I am thus far (55 miles from Philadelphia) on my way to Carlisle agreably to what I wrote you on sunday last.1

As I am not much accustomed to the management of Buck Wheat—and think I have heard you declare the Same—the purpose of my writing to you now, is to inform you that this Crop on the whole road I have travelled, is cut down (although I should have thought it much too green) and remains in the field in very small cocks, not larger than a Wheat sheaf drawn to a point, at top, where I presume it is to continue until the seed gets perfectly ripe, & the straw cured. The Potatoes too were every where digging. I remain your friend and well wisher

Go: Washington

ALS, ViMtvL.

1See GW’s second letter to Pearce of 28 September. GW was en route to rendezvous with the troops called up to suppress the insurrection in western Pennsylvania.

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