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Washington, George (1732-1799) to James Anderson re: instructions for management of Mount Vernon

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02793.006 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 January 1797 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written as President. Washington goes into considerable detail regarding farming, especially innovations (a new red clover). He also mentions building a new road and the drought of the previous fall.

People: Anderson, James, 1745-1807.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Mount Vernon, Infrastructure, Road Construction, Extreme Weather

Sub Era: The Early Republic