January 4, 1800
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Walnut Farm, Jany 4. 1800 (FN)
Dear Aunt Recd. Jany 30 - 18001
Upon my return to Westmoreland I found the price of corn so encreased that it could not be purchased in any quantity for less than fifteen shillings per barrel. Colo Washington is the only considerable corn maker in this County upon the Potamack, and has agreed to let you have 600 barrels at the above price and to wait for the mony until the 1st of May. Being well satisfied that the price of this article will rise before the spring, I thought it prudent ot confirm the bargain with him, after discovering not only that he could obtain it from others, but that it would be difficult for you to get the quantity you want from any one person in this part of the country & upon the same length of credit.
Colo. Washington thinks it would be imprudent in you to have so large a quantity of Corn beaten out & put into bulk at this season of the year, being apprehensive that it would heat & spoil; he thinks it best that you should get or procure as much as may suffice for two months & to take the balance in March. In this I am of opinion you will be a gainer, independent of the risk of heating which you will thereby avoid.
After this full statement of the business, I beg you my dear Aunt to write me by the first post your pleasure, or to get some of the family to do so. It will be well I think that you should previously consult with Mr Anderson' but I trust you to write without delay, as I shall leave home by the 15th Inst
I am with very sincere esteem & regard
Your Affect Nephew & friend B Washington
Templemans X Roads
Mrs. Washington at Mount Vernon Fairfax County
From the Honble Judge Washington to Mrs Washington
Jany 4. 1800