George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Robert R. Livingston, 16 February 1795

To Robert R. Livingston

Philadelphia 16th Feby 1795.

Dear Sir,

I have duly received your favor of the 4th instant, accompanying the transactions of the society for promoting Agriculture, Arts & Manufactures; and am very much obliged by your goodness in sending them to me.

Works of this sort are of the most interesting importance to every country; and it is much to be regretted that similar societies, are not more general in our own—or not more attended to in those States where they are established.

I shall, the moment I have a little more leisure than the winding up of the present session of Congress will afford me, read your experiments on lucern with attention, and I am persuaded I shall do it also with pleasure & edification, as I have long been favorable impressed with the value of that grass; especially if it can be, in this country (as in some others) cultivated in broad cast to advantage—thereby saving the expence of labour when it is raised in drills.

I take the liberty of sending for your perusal, a pamphlet on the cultivation of Potatoes from the Shoots. It was sent to me by the author, and must speak for itself, as I have had no experience myself of the mode there recommended.1 I mean however to make trial of it the ensuing season, for which reason, after you have read the work, I pray you to return it to me; unless you, or the Society in which you preside, shall think it worthy of republication—in wch case it may be retained for that purpose. With great esteem & regard I am—Dr Sir Your Most Obedt and very Hble Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, NHi: Robert R. Livingston Papers; ALS (letterpress copy), DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW.

1GW sent William Maunsell’s Letters to the Right Honourable and Honourable the Dublin Society, on the Culture of the Potatoes from the Shoots (Dublin, 1794), which Maunsell had enclosed with his letter to GW of 19 March 1794.

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