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James Hollingsworth to Margaret Sweat, 1878 September 10

 File — Box: 93

Scope and Contents

A.L.S. in writing of secretary. Mount Vernon. Sends August report, will make separate one on indebtedness. His August salary unpaid. Outstanding bills on brick, ice, blacksmith, and for groceries. All cisterns very unsanitary except new one. September and October are the best months for visitors. Detailed statement on poultry, 300-400 young chickens served to the Vice Regents. Cholera among the fowl. Mount Vernon produced in last 2 years: 1000 lbs. pork (same amt. sold), 9 gallons of milk per day, no butter made, raised oats only last 2 years, 100 and 300 bushels straw fed to cattle, corn 210 and 300 bushels (410 per year needed), rye 80 bushels and 160 bushels, hay 7 and 9 tons, potatoes killed by beetles, 40 bushels yield this year, 100 bushels turnips for cattle, 200 head of cabbage for men and cattle. Soil poor, need much fertilizing. Have 13 head of cattle, 6 cows giving milk. Mount Vernon made a Post Office and he is the Post Master. ER-20, p. 179


  • Copyright: 1878 September 10


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From the Collection: 25 Linear Feet (117 legal-size clamshell flat storage boxes, 1 oversize clamshell flat storage box )

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Part of the Archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Repository

PO Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121 USA