On October 27, 1785, from his Mount Vernon estate, George Washington wrote this document to confirm his purchase of 1,000 bushels of wheat from Battaile Muse. The agreement specifies that it is "to be clean, sound and Merchantable" wheat for Washington's mill. Upon Muse's delivery of the wheat crop the following spring, Washington will pay him six shillings per bushel of wheat. Washington also records this purchase in his diary specifying it is "…to be delivered as fast as he could have it brot. down…" This contract is a wonderful example of Washington's business practices here at Mount Vernon. More

Date

October 27, 1785


People


Geography

  • Written - United States

Material/Technique

Ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall: 5 1/4 in. x 7 1/2 in. (13.34 cm x 19.05 cm)


Credit

Gift: Jess and Grace Pavey Fund, 2005


Marks

Verso, top center, written perpendicular to document's text, in brown ink: Genl. Washington / agreement for / 1,000 bushels wheat / a 6/ [indecipherable mark] bushel


Signed

Recto, bottom right corner, in brown ink: Go Washington


Object Number

MS-5783


Colors


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