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Letter, to William Pearce, 1793 December

 Item — Box: 7, Folder: 1793.12.12, Folder: OUT
Identifier: RM-97; MS-3944

Scope and Contents

George Washington instructs Pearce to take an exact account of the stock, tools and implements on each of the farms--to purchase a proper (bound) book in Alexandria for accounts--insists on the correctness of these registers--outines work of the carpenters: complete the new barn at Dogue Run, etc.--comments on live fences: cedar, lombardy poplar, and willows--hogs and sows--wants to reclaim and lay grass to the mill swamp--clover lots--potatoes--McKoy and Tom Davis--directions for lots on Muddy Hole, Union and River farms--Cyrus a slave at Mansion house--Muclus a slave--Will, a kind of overseer--stresses the need to regulate wagons and carts at the Mansion--Ehler the gardener and an agreement as to where he should eat--Lucy the cook--instructions to provide Negroes with as much meal as they can eat without waste--provisions of fish--directions for killing and preserving the hogs--clover timothy and orchard grass--post and rail fence from the Miller's house to the trunnel fence--barrier against bad neighbors--breaking of the steers to the yoke--oxen--asks for the return of large stone jars (which were filled with spirits)--wants an inventory of articles in store at Mansion--the Jack and stud horse--superfine and fine flour--allowance of meat and meal--paying of debt--overhauling the Seins now rather than in the Spring.


  • Creation: 1793 December


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From the Collection: approx. 25 Linear Feet

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Part of the Special Collections at The George Washington Presidential Library at Mount Vernon Repository

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Mount Vernon VA 22121