Important ALS from William Drayton Concerning the Committee of the South Carolina Society for Promoting & Improving Agriculture… He wrote a Letter to George Washington making him the First Honorary Member of the Society!

In this letter, headed, “Charleston, South Carolina March 14, 1786”, Drayton is writing Elias Bowdin, Esq., a planter in South Carolina.  Here is a transcript of the letter:

Charleston, South Carolina
March 14, 1786.

I am afraid that a letter which I did myself the honor to address to you some months ago has not reached your hands. It was to inform you by Direction of the South Carolina Society for promoting & improving agriculture, that you were unanimously elected an honorary member thereof. I do myself the pleasure of repeating this notice & of sending to you a copy or two of an address & the Rules of the Society, published by their order. I am, Sir,

Your most obedient
Humble Servant,
Wm. Drayton
Elias Bowdin, Esq.

From the collected Washington letters, here is that Drayton letter:

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