Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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that will live this in a day or two - I shall send several articles - that could not be had when we sent the last things round - I hope the major will not hurry him self back if he finds benefit from the mountain air it is of the greatest concequince that his health should be established and I hope he will be very careful in doing as the Doctors directs him - I shall be sorry not to see dear Little Maria if the jaunt is for her good - I must be content. I am glad that Fayette is recovered and hope I shall find you and the children quite well - impress it on the gardener to have every thing in his garden that will be nessary in the House keeping way as vegetable is the best part of our living in the country - I dare say you have made the table cloths as well as they can be done - as to the window curtain and bed curtain they may as well be put up - I shall send a carpit for our parlor so that it will be ready by the time I get there if the vessel lives this on tuesday as we expect

The President has given miss Harriot a guitarr - I have inclosed the key it is sent in the vessel with several other things - I shall be glad to have the little caps made and sent before I live this as I wish to give them to the ladie as soon as done we are all well - Mr & Mrs Lear intend a trip to the eastward when we set out for the southward - the weather is extremely warm hear and has been so for some days past - all hear join me in love to you and children - and believe me my dear

Fanny your most
M Washington

From Mrs. M Washington July 1st - 1792


The text of the letter would indicate George Augustine Washington had gone to the mountains, most likely Berkeley Springs, for rest, fresh air and altitude, all three of which were recommended for tuberculosis at that time. Nowhere is there a direct reference to this, however.
The Washingtons left Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 11th and arrived at Mount Vernon on July 18th. They remained at Mount Vernon until Monday October 8th. They arrived in Philadelphia on Saturday October 13th.

From Giuseppe Ceracchi


Besides the generality of gentilmen all the Ladyes on Oland are ravished at the sight of my model that rappresent General Washington, what dignity they sais what (illegible) shows in his mind. happy must be the Lady that possesses his heart.


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