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.


ALS (Autograph Letter Signed) Docketed by George Washington. One sheet is folded in half to create four pages. The first three pages contain the letter's text. The fourth page is docketed. Large watermark, center of sheet. Similar to Gravell, FOREIGN WATERMARKS 251. The difference is that the document's watermark contains the letter "P" just below the crown, and does not contain a year below the "GR."


December 18, 1785




Ink, laid paper


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 Line

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


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


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

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