In this letter dated December 18, 1785, William Washington informs his distant cousin George Washington that he is honoring his request for two boxes of seeds and acorns from William's estate in South Carolina. George's interest in seeds from his cousin's home demonstrates his fascination with botany and his desire to have diverse and unusual plants in his garden here at Mount Vernon. William describes acorns for oak trees "tall & majestick in appearance," a "sweet-scented Shrub," and seeds of a Laurel-Tree that "bears a large Beautiful Flower very fragrant in its smell." Upon receipt, George Washington docketed this letter. More

Date

December 18, 1785


People


Geography

  • Written - United States

Material/Technique

Ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall (open): 9 in. x 14 5/8 in. (22.86 cm x 37.15 cm)
Other (closed): 9 in. x 7 1/4 in. (22.86 cm x 18.42 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley DeForest Scott, 2008


Marks

Fourth page (verso when closed), top right corner, perpendicular to letter's text, in brown ink: From / Colo. Wm. Washington / 18th. Dec. 1786

Fourth page (verso when closed), top right corner, perpendicular to letter's text, in black ink: of South Carolina


Signed

Third page (right side when opened), center, in brown ink: I am Dr Sir / With much esteem + respect / Yr Very obedt Servt / W. Washington


Object Number

MS-5830


Colors


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