On this date Mrs. Washington was at Mount Vernon.
John Price Posey, overseer of the Pamunkey River estates of the Custis family. He was
the son of John Posey and brother of Milly Posey. He later became a notorious character.
For his tragic ending that still has modern-day repercussions, See, Harris, 1:97. Also see, Posey, "The Improvident Ferryman of Mount Vernon," Virginia Cavalcade, 39:36.
Frances Dandridge was living with her son, Bartholomew, at "Pamocra," New Kent
County. Harris, 1:83.
Mrs. Washington left Mount Vernon early in November, 1778. There was considerable
apprehension concerning the journey, because of the poor roads, bad weather, and an
indifferent coach. On December 17th the General wrote Lund Washington from Middle-
brook, New Jersey, that he had learned of her safe arrival in Philadelphia. He later informed John Parke Custis that his mother was well and with him in Philadelphia. They left Philadelphia on February 2,1779, and reached Middlebrook on February 5th. She remained
at Middlebrook until early in June, when she returned to Virginia. The General broke camp
and left for the Highlands of the Hudson on June 4,1779. See, Writings, 13:407,478; 14:68 n.; 15:225, 315.
Elizabeth (Betcy) Dandridge. She married, (1) John Ayiett in 1773; (2) Leonard Henley
Mary Burbidge Dandridge.
To John Parke and Eleanor Custis
My Dear Children Middle Brook March the 19th 1778 (sic)
Not having received any letter from you, the two last posts - I have
only to tell you, that the general & my self are well, all is quiet in this
quarters; It is from the south ward that we expect to hear news, - we are
very anxious to know how our affairs are going in that quarters Colo
2 is not yet arrived at camp we have heard that he is in Philad
several days ago -
I hear so very seldom from you, that I dont know where you are or
weather you intend to come to Alexandria to live this spring or when
The last letter from Nelly she now says Boath the children have been very
ill, they were she hoped getting better - if you doe not write to me - I will
not write to you again or till I get letters from you - Let me know how all
friends below are they have for got to write me I believe
Remember me to all inquireing friends give the dear little girls a kiss
for me, and tell Beth
4 I have got a pritty new doll for her - the general joins
me in love to you Boath - and begs to be remembered to all our friends
that enquire after us
I am with sincear love
your truly affectionate
Mrs. Washington erred on the date. She spent the winter of 1778 at Valley Forge. On
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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: 181.
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