Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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Martha Parke Custis ( 1756-1773). It is likely she had her first seizure June 15, 1768, although there are earlier hints, as mentioned in MW's letter to Margaret Green, September 29,1760. See supra. The frequency and severity of the seizures increased in spite of numerous medical consultations and remedies. She expired suddenly after a violent seizure on Sunday June 19, 1773. Freeman, 3:204, 325 n.
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Dr. John Johnson (b. 1745) of Frederick, Maryland, was the brother of Thomas Johnson, close friend of GW, Member of the Continental Congress, Governor of Maryland, and Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. During 1771-72 Dr. Johnson sent various herbal remedies to prevent the epileptic seizures, but his medicines and advice were as ineffectual as all the others.

To Mrs. S. Thorpe

( July 15, 1772)

To - Mrs S Thorpe Milliner in London

I cannt. help writing to you in behalf of my daughter, Miss Custis, who together with myself, Imported some very hard bargains from you last year. Messrs Cary & Co. was wrote to for a handse Suit of Brussels Lace to cost £20, in cons of wch., she recd. from you a pr of tripple Ruffles, a Tucker 1 & Ruff 2 set on plain joing. Nett (such as can be bought in ye Milliners Shops here at 3/6 pr yd) When, if you had ever sent a Tippet 3 & Cap w. ye othr. things I shd still have thot them Dr.- These things have been shewn to sevl. Ladies who are accustomd to such kind of Importns, & all agree, that they are most extravagantly high chargd.

I now sd for a suit at ye price of £40; w. Lappels & ca but if you cant afford to sell a much better bargn. in these, that yo. did in ye last I shd hope yt Mr. Cary will try elsewhere, as I thy her last add. to my own is worth a little pains- and ye. othr. things sent last yr. for myself &ca were 5 gauze Caps. w. Blond Lace bordrs. at a Ga. each, when ye same kd. might have been bot. in ye Country at a much less price.- I have now sent for 2 Caps for M. Custis, & 2 for myself of Mint. lace & wd have ym gentl but not expens. hers to suit a Person of 16 yrs old mine one of 40 & I cant. help addg. that I thk it neccesy that ye last yrs Suit (wch ought to be retd. if she cd. do witht in ye meanwhile) shd be compld w. a Tippet & Cap, as it is Scae more yn 1/3 a (?).

I am Madm yr Hble Servt
Martha Washington

July 15 - 1772

LB, (Handwriting of GW), DLC:GW.

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A frill of lace worn around the neck or bodice.
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A circular out-standing frill on a sleeve or collar.
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A garment of fur or wool, covering the neck or shoulders. With hanging ends, it would resemble our present day scarf or stole.

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