John Parke Custis was elected as a delegate from Fairfax County to the Virginia General
Assembly. Ms fellow delegate was George Mason. The sessions were from May 4 - June 1,
1778, and from October 5 - December 19, 1788. See, The General Assembly of Virginia, 1619-1978.
A Bicentennial Register of Members,
Virginia State Library, Richmond, 1978., p. 129.
Caleb Gibbs ( 1748-1818) served as adjutant of the 21st and 14th regiments of the
Continental Infantry. He was appointed captain in command of General Washington's
guard, March 12, 1776 and aide and secretary to the General on May 16, 1776. Obviously Custis met him while staying at headquarters in Cambridge during the winter of 1775-76.
Richard Kidder Meade ( 1746-1805), a native of Nansemond County, Virginia, joined
the patriot cause at the very beginning of the conflict. He served with the General
throughout all his campaigns and was appointed aide on January 12, 1777. He may have
known Custis in Virginia. He was the father of Bishop William Meade, third Episcopal bishop
Dr. James Craik ( 1730-1814), a native of Scotland, served with the General at the Great
Meadows in 1754 and at Braddock's defeat in 1755. He served throughout the Revolution
in various medical capacities. When war with France was threatened in 1798 General Washington insisted Craik be appointed Physician-general. He was a long-time intimate
friend and companion in arms of the General. It is the editor's opinion that no one except
Mrs. Washington knew him better. Craik was one of the physicians who attended GW during
his final illness.
The letter has not survived.
To Bartholomew Dandridge
November the 2d 17781
I received your kind favor by Mr. Posey2 and should have wrote to
you long before this but have everyday expected everyday Jack would be
ready to set out, I am very sorry to hear that my Mamma has been so
unwell and thank god that she has recovered again -- I wish I was near
enough to come to see you and her.
3 I am very uneasy at this time - I have
some reason to expect that I shall take another trip to the northward.
pore General is not likely to come to see us from what I can hear - I expect
to hear seertainly by the next post - if I doe I shall write to you to inform
you and my friends-if I am so happy to stay at home. I shall hope to see
you with my sister hear as soon as you are at leasure. Please to give little
Patty a Kiss for me I have sent her a pair of shoes-there was not a Doll
to be got in the city of Philadelphia or I would have sent her one (the shoes
are in a bundle for my mama).
I am very glad to hear that you and your family are well - Jack can
tell you more news than I can. I have had no letter since he came from
the camp - by some (illegible) of the postmasters my letters doe (not) come
regularly to hand.
I am with my Duty to my mamma my Love to my sister Aylett,
6 and Family my Dear Brother
Your ever affectionate
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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: 180.
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