Philadelphia 31st of July 1796
As during my residence at Mount Vernon you did allow me to have the honor to present you with a Book concerning the culture of the Pine Apples & other different fruits on Hot-Houses, I do prevail of the opportunity of my friend Mr James Barry going to that part of the Country, to forward it to you. I dont doubt that a man, under whose direction every thing flouresh & prosper, will be equally succesfull in making those tipe fruits thrive on the mild climate of Virginia, & give by those means a new reputation to that Book, that is already considered as a very good one. On having the honor to present it to you, I hope you will look at it as a mark of my sincere consideration & of that attachement that only real merit & vertu are able to inspire.
You will permit me to prevail of that opportunity to express you my gratitude for the Kindness & hospitality I met with when at Mount Vernon & to remind my respects to Mrs Washington & Miss Custis & I have the honor to be with the greatest consideration & regard Sir your most obt & humbl Servt
Le Chevalier d’Yrujo
DLC: Papers of George Washington.