Madam ( December 1792) The tender feelings of humanity which generally governs people of your Rank in life, has lead me to apply to you on behalf of the Bearer (my wife). She lived for several years as attendant to the Countess of Orkney & Inchiquin (deceased). I have been bred to the Land Surveying Business, am a perfect Accomplant, and have a Letter of Thomas Lea, Esqr recommendatory - We are from Europe several months - have sufficient Vouchers of our Proper conduct there. I have endeavoured to secure myself employment in Philadelphia, but am disappointed in every Application. I humbly Sollicit yr Excellency to interest yourself in behalf of yr Addressers by getting me any small employment to enable me to keep her from distress. I am with the most profound Respect
Yr Excellency's most Hble Obedt Servt George Bateman
My Dear Fanny Philadelphia February the 3d 1793 The southern post not getting in this week, I have not had the pleasure to hear from you, - we are all tolerable well, the winter has been remarkable warm - which occations the season to be very sickly - I hope you and the children are well, Mr Blair1 is arrived hear and tells his friends that a great number of our acquantances are dead below - the winter has been so warm hear that the farmers have been plowing all winter - and we are in fear that there will not be Ice to fill the Ice Houses in the city - which will be a great disappointment to us in the warm season Ice is the most agreable thing we can have hear - I hear from Mrs Stuart and the girls often, she tells me that she has not seen Mr Fairfax, 2 since he was at Hope Park with me - but does not say where he is, wheather he is got to England or not - Mrs Harrison3 is well she very often enquires very kindly after you - Mrs Mercer4 is in town but she is so often sick that I do not see
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Publication information: 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: 242.