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Anderson, James, 1745-1807



Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Letter, from James Anderson, 1796 September 11

 Item — Box: 29, Folder: 1796.09.11
Identifier: A-283.109
Scope and Contents Anderson writes that his failure to answer Washington’s earlier queries was not caused by deceit--he then relates his background and experience in farming north of Edinburgh, Scotland, in the English border lands, and in America--he came to U.S. in 1791--has seen Mt. Vernon estate--mentions the distillery he runs on Salvington plantation and that he thinks a properly conducted distillery of much gain to owner--mentions crop rotation and the use of manure as necessary components in improving...
Dates: 1796 September 11

Letter, to James Anderson, 1796 September 5

 Item — Box: 12, Folder: 1796.09.05
Identifier: A-283.108
Scope and Contents Washington writes that since Anderson didn't answer many of his queries, nothing can be decided about his employment until Washington can see him, which will be at Mt. Vernon at end of month--Washington expected him to speak with candor about his qualifications, although he is “sensible it is not a pleasant thing for any man to speak of himself”--as Washington will reside on the estate from now on, much work will be taken off superintendant's shoulders--Washington describes the writing of...
Dates: 1796 September 5

Letter, to James Anderson, 1797 February 20

 Item — Box: 12, Folder: 1797.02.20
Identifier: A-301.56
Scope and Contents

Washington acknowledges receipt of Andersons reports & letter -- Andersons opinion of the overseers is no doubt correct, and "if the Negroes will not do their duty by fair means, they must be compelled to do it" -- despite Washingtons policy of feeding, clothing, and caring for the slaves, they will try to shirk their work with feigned sickness especially after night walking, and must be examined promptly when claiming sickness.

Dates: 1797 February 20