George Washington to Robert Cary & Co.
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Mount Vernon 21st July 1766.
In a Letter of the 28th Ulto (accompanying my Invoices of the 23d preeceeding) I desired 6 Corn & 6 grass  Scythes might be sent me (as also 6 Turners Chissels) since which having occasion to make use of the Scythes which came in last year I find such manifest disadvantages from having them, some of one length some of another, some crooked, & some strait, that I now beg the favour of you, instead of the above 12, to send me 2 dozn exactly agreeable to the Inclosed Memm which I send for the Tradesman's direction, & to prevent mistakes. 
Inclosd you have Invoices of Goods wanting for our Plantations on York River, which please to forward as early as possible especially the Seins which will be wanted by the first of March.  The Hilling Hoes recd this year are nearly as bad (Mr Valentine writes me) as those we were obligd to return last year & nothing but necessity can now justifie his keeping of them--I hope this will not be the case again.
Your favour of the 27 of March,  now before me, Accts for the j4.4.10 which I coud not before understand--The Shoes mentioned by Mr Didsbury is right I beleive--so far as the sending of them--but it was certainly wrong to contrive a dble quantity & of such kinds as coud by no means answer the Intention--they are still upon hand & cannot be sold, however I do not dispute the payment.
I coud wish to hear that our Tobacco's were all sold & at a good price as I think we do not often get by keeping it too long.
The Repeal of the Stamp Act, to whatsoever causes owing, ought much to be rejoiced at, for had the Parliament of Great Britain resolvd upon enforcing it the consequences I conceive woud have been more direful than is generally apprehended both to the Mother Country & her Colonies--All therefore who were Instrumental in procuring the Repeal are entitled to the Thanks of every British Subject & have mine cordially. I am Gentn Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt
ALB, DLC:GW. GW noted, "Gave to Mr Richd Henderson to send." Richard Henderson lived in Bladensburg, Maryland. From The Papers, Colonial Series, 7:456-57.
[Mount Vernon] 21 July 1766
Invoice of Scythes to be sent to Potomack Rivr for the use of George Washington.
2 dozn Corn Scythes--all of them to be exactly 3 feet 10 Inches from Heel to point--to be pretty strait in the blade, and not one more than another, but equally alike so, that one Cradle (the fingers of which as they must always have the same curve of the Scythe) may sute them all--To be stout and strong at the Heel, that they may not easily break there by a sudden stroke--and to have a strong plate all along the back able to withstand rough usage.
2 dozn Nibs and Wedges 2 dozn Rings & Wedges 1/2 dozn Turners Chissels 
Note--the Reason of these particular directions is, because no Scythes wil be receivd if they are not made conformable to them.
1. The chisels but not the scythes are listed in Cary's invoice, 17 Nov. 1766. GW notes in his account with Cary in Ledger A, 198, in 1768, "By 2 dozn Scythes omittd in Invoice 5th Novr 1766--4.11.0."
ALB, DLC:GW. GW also sent an order for goods to be shipped to Joseph Valentine for GW's and John Parke Custis's plantations. From The Papers, Colonial Series, 7:457-58.
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