WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799)
Letters from His Excellency General Washington, to Arthur Young ... containing an account of his husbandry, with his opinions on various questions in agriculture; and many particulars of the rural economy of the United States
Alexandria, Virginia: Cottom and Stewart, 1803. 8vo. 128pp. Uncut.
Later dark blue crushed morocco, bound by Bradstreet's
Provenance: Frank C. Deering (morocco booklabel)
Scarce first American edition of Washington and Young's correspondence on agricultural matters.
These letters offer perhaps the best picture from his own pen of Washington as an agriculturist and plantation owner, seeking to improve both his own lands and those of his country through correspondence with the leading British agricultural theorist. Arthur Young (1741-1820) was a noted British agriculturist with whom Washington established a lively correspondence during his retirement. With the responsibilities of administering his estate at Mount Vernon, Washington sought to gain a deeper understanding of the most successful modes of farming available. Correspondence published here also includes letters from Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson.
Sabin 101721; Howes W138; Church 1296.