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Anderson, James, 1745-1807



Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Ledger, Mount Vernon distillery and fishery ledger, 1799-1801

Identifier: RM-929; MS-5468
Scope and Contents

In the handwriting of Tobias Lear (1762-1816), Washington's private secretary, and James Anderson, Mount Vernon's farm and subsequent distillery manager from 1797 to the time of Washington's death in 1799. Washington endorsed the ledger twice and approved accounts for fisheries, whiskey, shad, and herring.

Dates: 1799-1801

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