George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Sinclair, 29 March 1797

From John Sinclair

Whitehall [London] March 29th 1797


I have the Honor herewith to transmit to Your Excellency The account which I have Just printed of The origin of The Board of Agriculture and its progress for three years after its establishment, by which you will perceive the nature of our Exertions for the Internal Improvement and general benefit of the Country.1

I shall much esteem your casting an Eye over this paper when your leisure permits: you will perceive that the Suggestions which it contains, and The Plan of the Institution In General tend not only to the advantage of these Kingdoms but of even other Countries—The Board of Agriculture will be very happy on every occasion to be favoured with any hints from Your Excellency connected with the object of its Establishment. The other Copies of the work herewith Sent, I beg you would have the goodness to circulate among the Gentlemen of your acquaintance who are attached to Such inquiries. I have the Honor to be Sir Your Excellencys most humble and obedient servant

John Sinclair


1Two copies of Sinclair’s 82–page pamphlet, Account of the Origin of the Board of Agriculture, and Its Progress for Three Years after Its Establishment (London, 1796), from GW’s library are in the collection of the Boston Athenaeum. GW sent one copy to Secretary of State Timothy Pickering (GW to Pickering, 21 July 1797).

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