Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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To Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

August 30, 1789
Monday noon

Mrs Washington presents her compliments to Mrs. Hamilton1 and if she is disengaged this Evening will do herself the pleasure to visit her

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1.
Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, daughter of Major-general Philip Schuyler and wife of Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury and a member of the President's cabinet.

From Mrs. Ann Willis

Mrs Willis1 presents her most respectfull complements to the President an Lady and begs there acceptance of four glasses of Virgia honey. She has not a doubt of that article being plenty in the State of New York but perhaps not wrought in the same manner and of course not so pure. She flatters herself if it has no other recommendation than being sent by an acquaintance from a place near that of his Nativity they will be induced to taste it and will be happy to hear of the welfare of the family and that they have made an agreeable breakfast on it.

Fredericksburg2
Septr 18 1789

ALS (Third person), DLC: GW.

1.
Mrs. Ann Willis was the second wife of GW's cousin, Lewis Willis ( 1734-1813). He was the son of GW's aunt, Mildred Washington Gregory Willis ( 1696-c. 1745) and her third husband, Colonel Henry Willis. See page ?? for draft of GW's reply.
2.
The Willis's resided at Willis Hill, near Fredericksburg.

To Dr. David Stuart

Dear Sir New York, September 21, 1789

Your letter of the 12th instt. came duly to hand. I have given the subject of it every consideration that time and my situation would enable me to do. The result is, that if Mr. Alexander, upon your recovery of the land for which the price, and mode of payment is disputed, and paying rent for it during the time it has been out of his possession (the latter to be fixed by men of judgment and impartiality) is disposed to accomodate the Suit which is pending between you, as administrator of John Parke Custis Esqr. deceased, and himself, that it would, all circumstances considered, be most advisable to accede to it. My reasons for this are many.

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