George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Attwood Digges, 31 August 1799

To Thomas Attwood Digges

Mount Vernon 31st [August] 1799

Genl Washington presents his compliments to Mr Digges, and will, with pleasure, exchange 20 bushels of the early white wheat with him when he gets it out of the straw; which is not the case at present—nor can be until the latter end of next week or beginning of the week following: which would be full early for sowing that kind of Wheat—Indeed any time in September is in good season. The middle, better than sooner in that month.

A good journey to Mrs Digges.

AL (photocopy), Columbia Hist. Soc. Recs., description begins Records of the Columbia Historical Society. Washington, D.C., 1895–. description ends 7:8. The letter is dated “31st Septr 1799,” but the contents of the letter make it clear that it was not written in late September but rather, probably, in August, and the “31st” suggests that GW inadvertently wrote September instead of August. After his return from England in late 1798 or early 1799, Thomas Attwood Digges (1742–1821) of Warburton in Maryland had visited Mount Vernon several times, most recently on 15 Aug. (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:333, 346, 351, 361). Mrs. Digges is probably Thomas Digges’s sister-in-law Catherine Brent Digges, widow of George Digges.

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