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Mount Vernon 3d Decr 1799

Dear Sir,

Have you succeeded, or are you likely to succeed, in procuring the Hemp seed I required?

The fly has got into my Wheat, very generally this Fall; and I lay my account for great ravages thereon next Spring; which makes me more desirous of laying (to use a Sea term) an anchor to windward for something else.

I congratulate you and Patcy on the birth of a “Manchild”—My best wishes attend the Mother & Child—and I am—Dear Sir Your Affecte Hble Servt

Go: Washington

Transcript courtesy of: The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition, ed. Theodore J. Crackel. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, Rotunda, 2008.