pain from the Toil, or the danger of the Campaign - My unhappiness will flow, from the uneasiness I know you will feel at being left alone - I beg of you to summon your whole fortitude Resolution, and pass your time as agreeably as possible - nothing will give me so much sincere satisfaction as to hear this, and to hear it from your own pen. 1
If it should be your desire to remove to Alexandria (as you once mentioned upon an occasion of this sort) I am quite pleased that you should put it into practice, & Lund Washington may be directed, by you, to build a Kitchen and other Houses there proper for your reception 2 - if on the other hand you should rather Incline to spend a good part of your time among your Friends below, I wish you to do so. 3 - In short, my earnest, & ardent desire is, that you would pursue any Plan that is most likely to produce content, and a tolerable degree of Tranquility as it must add greatly to my uneasy feelings to hear that you are dissatisfied, and complaining at what I really could not avoid.
As Life is always uncertain, and common prudence dictates to every Man the necessity of settling his temporal Concerns whilst it is in his power - and while the Mind is calm and undisturbed, I have, since I came to this place (for I had not time to do it before I left home) got Colo Pendleton to Draft a Will for me by the directions which I gave him which will I now Inclose 4 - The Provision made for you, in cas(e) of my death will, I hope, be agreeable; I Included the money for which I sold my own land (to Doctr Mercer) in the Sum Given you, as also all other Debts. 5 What I owe myself is very trifling - Cary's Debt excepted, and that would not have been much if the Bank stock had been applied without such difficulties as he made in the Transference. 6
I shall add nothing more at present as I have several Letters to write, but to desire you will remember me to Milly 7 & all Friends, and to assure you that I am with the most unfeigned regard,
Patcy Yr Affecte
P.S. Since writing the above I have receivd your Letter of the 15th and have got two suits of what I was told wa(s) the prettiest Muslin. I wish it may please you - it cost 50/ a suit that is 20/. a yard. 8
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Publication information: Book title: Worthy Partner:The Papers of Martha Washington. Contributors: Joseph E. Fields - Compiler, Martha Washington - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1994. Page number: 160.
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