ALS In the private collection of Dr. Walter Ostromecki, Jr.
My Dear Madam 1 - Mount Vernon June 22d 1784
After a very long passage the Cotton arrived safe, - I was much concerned that I should have given Mr B. Washington2 the troble, - He thought it would be a very easy thing to procure, - it was to add to some thread I have had spun several years in the House, - I thank you for the Cotton, and should be very unhappy if you have disfirnished yourself by spairing it out of your own stock, - it would have been noe inconvenience to me, to have stayed another year, for to have my piece of Cloth finishd, - my spinners had just spun up all the wool and had little to doe, was the reason I thought of spinning cotton - and I could not get any in this part of the country - the West Indea cotton not being brought to Alexandria in the shops -
It would give me much pleasure to come to Bushfield 3 to visit you and will when it is conveniant to the General to leve home on a visit; he has so much business of his one and the publicks to gather that I fear he will never find lazure to goe see his friends; I would with pleasure have sent you the weeping willow but the man told me he was not going down derectly, - if he had, it was two late to plant it this summer, at the proper time for planting it, you may have as much as you please as it would give me pleasure to send you anything of that sort that is worth sending to you from here.
I am happy to hear Mrs Washington4 has incresed her family and is well I wish she could make it convenient to come to see us.
The General joins me in love and good wishes to you and all with you
I am Dear Madam
sister and friend
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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: 194.
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