We talked about the holidays, and Martha was reminded of a method she uses to "keepe cherries that you may have them for tarts at Christmass without preserving."
Invalid Cherry Pie
On the subject of cherries, Martha asked me to remind you that George did not chop down a cherry tree and then admit to his father "I cannot tell a lie, I did it with my little hatchet." Mason Locke Weems invented this story for his Biography of George Washington. A bit of dishonesty to express honesty. Honest.