Mount Pleasant Sept. 16. 1796.
My Servant informs me that you desire to know at what Price I would sell my Horse Leopard.
He cost me 300 Dollars about 2 Years since, when I was well assured that he was but 7 Years old. Considering the extraordinary Expence of keeping a studd Horse I think 400 Dollars would barely replace my money. I have not found any defect in him, and I beleive him to be at this moment perfectly sound. This price is certainly low for a Stallion, yet that is the reason of my selling him, For I never mounted a more agreeable saddle Horse.
As the animal is a natural curiosity I had rather sell him to you than to any person who did not set a value on that circumstance, & if you think the 400 Dollars too much, I leave him at your own price between that sum and the first cost.
As this note may arrive when you are not at leisure, I have directed my man to leave the Horse in your stables, and to take your Orders when to call for an answer. With the greatest Deference & Respect I am sir your obedient & faithfull Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.