Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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ALS, NjMoNP.

1.
Frances Bassett Washington ( 1767-1796), only daughter of Burwell Bassett and Anna Maria (Nancy) Dandridge Bassett.
2.
This might be the Reverend and Mrs. Price Davies. He was rector of Warreneye Church, Blissland Parish. Eltham was located close to this church.

To Arthur Lee

Dear Sir 1 September 15th 1780

I have been honored with your polite letter of the eighth 2 and the present of the elegant piece of china 3 for which and the flattering sentiments accompanying it I pray you to accept the thanks and best wishes of

Your most obedient and
obliging
humble servant
Martha Washington

ALS, DLC.

1.
Dr. Arthur Lee ( 1740-1792), brother of Richard Henry, Francis Lightfoot, William, and Phillip Ludwell Lee. Together with Benjamin Franklin and Silas Deane, he served as one of the American commissioners to the Court of Versailles.
2.
The letter has not survived.
3.
"The elegant piece of china" remains unidentified.

To Mrs. Elizabeth Powel

Mrs Washington present her compliments to Mrs Powel, 1 - and sends the piece of Nett that was left in her care by Mrs Fitzhugh, 2 - Mr Lee3 has promised, to be carefull of it, and to deliver it himself, -

Mrs Washington begs the favor of Mrs Powel to present her compliments to Mr Powel -

Mount Vernon september the 20th 1780

ALS (third person, Powel Collection) ViMtV.

1.
Elizabeth Willing Powel, wife of Samuel Powel, mayor of Philadelphia. They were intimate friends of the Washingtons during the war and the presidential years.
2.
Anne Randolph Fitzhugh, wife of William Fitzhugh of "Chatham." Their daughter, Mary Lee Fitzhugh, was to marry Mrs. Washington's only grandson, George Washington Parke Custis.
3.
Probably Arthur Lee; see supra, September 15, 1780, n. 1.

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