Graham, visited Mount Vernon from June 4-14, 1785. While there she perused Washington's
military correspondence and discussed the shortcomings of the government under the
Articles of Confederation. After the ratification of the Federal Constitution she and the
General carried on a correspondence in which he attempted to enlighten her on its
To Colonel and Mrs. Thomas Blackburn
Monday October 10, 1785
Genl and Mrs. Washington present their compliments to Colo and
Mrs Blackburn1; are much obliged to them for their kind invitation to the
2 on Thursday. They would attend with pleasure, but for the
indisposition of the latter; and the particular engagements of the former
which confine him at home this week, and oblige him to attend the Board
of Directors at Georgetown, the Great Falls, &c the beginning of next. The
Genl and Mrs Washington will always be happy to see the young couple
at Mount Vernon.
ALS (Third person) DLC:GW.
Colonel Thomas Blackburn (c. 1740-1807) and his wife, Christian Scott Blackburn. They
resided at Rippon Lodge, near Dumfries, Prince William County. They were frequent visitors
at Mount Vernon. The Washingtons often stayed at Rippon Lodge. Their granddaughter
married John Augustine Washington ( 1792-1832), grand nephew of GW. He later inherited
Mount Vernon from his uncle, Bushrod Washington.
Bushrod Washington ( 1762-1829) was the son of GW's younger brother, John
Augustine Washington ( 1736-1787) and his wife, Hannah Bushrod Washington. His bride
was Julia Ann Blackburn ( 1768-1829). See supra. Bushrod Washington later became an
associate justice of the Supreme Court. Under the terms of GW's will, he inherited Mount
To Dr. David Stuart
Dear Sir Mount Vernon November 6th 1786
I have had two letters from a Gentleman in Ireland, - He calls himself John Custis - says he is of the same Family of the Custis s in virginia - and
thinks he is a Brother's son to my childrens grand Father, - The Hon John
Custis that died in Williamsburg in the year - 1750. - If you should meet
with any gentleman from the Eastern shore that is acquainted with the
family, - and will be so obliging as to give me a geneological account of
it, - It would be taken exceedingly kind - I am anxious to know them myself
too - and shall be glad to inform the Gentleman that has written to me.
The General has had a letter sometime agoe from Brussels from a Mr. Charles Custis - is of the same family as he says -
I am with Esteem sir
your most obt sert
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
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: 197.
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