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Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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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 provisions.

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 Wedding 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.

1.
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.
2.
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 Vernon.

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 - 1

I am with Esteem sir
your most obt sert
M Washington

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