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.


ADS (Autograph Document Signed) One page. Document's text on recto and docketed on verso. Small watermark, center of sheet. Similar to Gravell, FOREIGN WATERMARKS 722.


October 27, 1785




Ink, laid paper


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

Credit Line

Gift: Jess and Grace Pavey Fund, 2005


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


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

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