WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799). Autograph letter signed ("Go: Washington") as President, to [John Beale] "Beah" Bordley, Philadelphia, 13 April 1795.
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WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799). Autograph letter signed ("Go: Washington") as President, to [John Beale] "Beah" Bordley, Philadelphia, 13 April 1795.

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WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799). Autograph letter signed ("Go: Washington") as President, to [John Beale] "Beah" Bordley, Philadelphia, 13 April 1795.

One page, 225 x 185mm (light creases, small loss at bottom left corner infilled).

George Washington, the President as a farmer. Washington, who took a deep interest in the latest horticultural innovations, forwards several scientific volumes to a fellow member of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture. He advises Bordley that "A double set of Youngs annals was sent to me sometime ago, without mentioning for whom the duplicates were intended. – Taking it for granted, however, that they were meant to be preserved to the Agricultural Society of this city [...] I take the liberty of committing them to you care for the use of sad society." Bordley was among the founding members the of the society, founded in February 1785. Arthur Young, the English Agriculturalist, published Annals of Agriculture, and Other Useful Arts, in forty-six volumes between 1784 and 1815 and had sent Washington volumes 19 through 21 in late 1794. In closing, the President refers to an additional enclosure, no longer present, concerning "Maunsell's experiments on the culture of Potatoes from the Shoots." Similarly, William Maunsell's had sent Washington his volume, Letters to the Right Honourable … Dublin Society, on the Culture of the Potatoes from the Shoots in 1794, the year of its publication. (Published in Fitzpatrick, Writings, and The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition) Published from a draft and the letter book copy, both at the Library of Congress. Provenance: Parke-Bernet Galleries, 25-26 November 1952, lot 373.
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