Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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4:00 P.M.his fever suddenly dropped and he developed profuse perspiration. Ms condition improved rapidly and by the 20th of May he was considered out of danger. Ms convalescence continued for a period of six weeks. Diaires, 6:76-77. Freeman, 6:259-61; Staff Meetings of the Mayo Clinic, February 18, 1942, p. 111.

To Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

Wednesday 7th July 1790

Mrs Washington presents her compliments to Mrs Hamilton, and requests she will have the goodness to transmit her best thanks to Mrs Church2 for the token of remembrance so elegantly wrought by the hands of the amiable donor, Mrs Washington wishes that her acknowledgements may be expressed in such true and forceable language as to render them particularly acceptable to Mrs Church. 1

ALS (Third person), MHi.

Unidentified. Appended to the note is the following: "This note presented to Mrs. G. Lee by Mrs. Alexander Hamilton." It was in a scrap-book made by Mrs. George Gardner Lee ( 1780-1865).

From John Lamb

Honored Madam, New York 10th Dec. 1790

I have to beg your acceptance of three Barrells Apples, one Jar preserved Ginger, & Kit of Soused Salmon which are on board the Sloop Union, William Watson Master; enclosed, is a receipt for the same - you will be pleased to present my most respectful compliments to his Excellency the President & permit me to subscribe myself with sentiments of the highest respect.

Honored Madam
Your most obedient
& very humble servant
John Lamb1

Copy 2 DLC:GW.

John Lamb ( 1735-1800), Colonel and later Brigadier-general in the Continental Army. His service was almost entirely limited to the artillery. Lamb was present at the attack on St. John's, Quebec, and served with distinction at Yorktown. Following the war he was customs collector at New York from 1784-1797.
The text is taken from a copy made by Rev. William Buell Sprague ( 1795-1876). Sprague graduated from Yale College in 1815. The following year he was employed as a tutor for the children of Lawrence and Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis, at Woodlawn Plantation. Sprague, who was one of the first autograph collectors in the United States, ingratiated himself to Justice Bushrod Washington. Justice Washington had inherited Mount Vernon and all the papers of George Washington. He naively gave permission for young Sprague to remove whatever portions of the Washington correspondence he wished, provided he would leave copies. See, Draper, An Essay on the Autographic Collections of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and of the Constitution, ( New York, 1889), p. 14; Eaton (ed.), Index to the George Washington Papers, Library of Congress, p. x, Washington, 1964.


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