Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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John Parke Custis joined the General during the seige at Yorktown and acted as a civilian aide. While there he contracted "camp fever" (probably typhoid fever). Seriously ill, he was taken to Eltham, the home of his uncle and aunt, the Burwell Bassetts. His mother and wife, residing at Mount Vernon, were sent for. Following the surrender at Yorktown, General Washington left the peninsula on November 5th and arrived at Eltham the following day, in time to witness the death of young Custis. He was buried in the family burial plot at Eltham.
Bartholomew Dandridge.
Frances Jones Dandridge. She resided with her son, Bartholomew Dandridge at "Pamocra," New Kent County.
Elizabeth Dandridge Aylett Henley.
Elizabeth (Eliza) Parke Custis and Martha (Pat) Parke Custis.
Mrs. Washington did not come to Eltham until notified of the serious illness of her son.
Lund Washington, still acting as manager at Mount Vernon.
Slaves who had run away from Mount Vernon.


Madame Washington begged me to write for her to M le Comte de Custine, whose regiment was at Colchester that day to invite him and all the officers of his corps to do her the favor to dine with her the next day. Von Closen Journal, July 19, 1782. 10 W ( 3) 230. Jean Christopher Louis Frederic Ignace, Baron de Closen-Haydenbourg, Captain of the Regiment Royal Deux-Ponts and aide-de-camp to General Rochambeau. Adam Philippe le Comte de Custine ( 1740-1793) was quartermaster-general of the French forces in America from 1778 until 1783. He was present at the Yorktown campaign. He returned to France in 1783 and was guillotined in 1793.

From George Washington

My dearest Verplanks point 1st Oct 82

If this letter should ever reach your hands, it will be presented by Mr Brown, - son to a Gentlman of that name in Rhode Island, 1 from whom I have received civilities, & to whom, or his connections I could wish to make returns. - As he has thoughts of going into Virginia I recommend him to your notice & attention

I am most sincerely &
affectionately - Yrs
G˚: Washington

(Address leaf)
To Lund Washington2
at Mount Vernon


James Brown was one of the six children of John and Sarah Smith Brown. John Brown ( 1736-1803), one of the well known merchant family of Providence, R.I. has been considered the leader of the expedition that burned the Gaspee in 1772. In 1778 he presented a butt of wine for use at headquarters at White Plains. He was agent for the purchase of tent cloth, munitions, and supplies. DAB, 3:128; Writings, 8:64; 12:246.
General Washington addressed the cover to Lund Washington, in the event Mrs.


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