|Just prior to his death in 1799, George Washington wrote a letter to his nephew, Col. William A. Washington, discussing his successful distillery operation. In the letter, Washington described the “demand” for his whiskey in the region as “brisk” and requested his nephew’s assistance in procuring additional grain for the distillery. This rare correspondence is one of a limited number in existence that discusses Washington’s distillery. Read the excerpt below:
My dear Sir:
Your letter of the 8th instant has been duly received and this letter will be handed to you by Mr. Lawe. Lewis, to whom I have rented my Mill and Distillery, and who comes into your parts to see if he can procure (on reasonable terms) grain with which to keep them employed. Your advice and aid in enabling him to obtain these would be serviceable to him, and obliging me. Mr. Lewis is a cautious man, and I persuade myself will scrupulously fulfill any contracts he may enter into – you will be perfectly safe, I conceive, in declaring this.
Two hundred gallons of Whiskey will be ready this day for your call, and the sooner it is taken the better, as the demand for this article (in these parts) is brisk. The Rye may be sent when it suits your convenience, letting me know in the meantime, the quantity I may rely on, that my purchase of this grain may be regulated thereby.
Mrs. Washington has got tolerably well again, and unites with me in every good wish for you and yours. With very great esteem and friendship I remain.
Your Affectionate Uncle, G Washington
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