Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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He was the father of Fanny Bassett Washington. On his way to Mount Vernon in early September, Bassett was stricken with "gout." Writings, 32:142. The description of his ailment by Washington leaves little doubt he suffered a cerebro-vascular accident. His death occurred January 4, 1793, following a fall from his horse. Washington Papers, DLC:GW, Governor Henry Lee to George Washington, January 6, 1793. The President and Mrs. Washington arrived at Mount Vernon, April 2, 1793. Funeral obsequies were held at Mount Vernon for a few friends and relatives. Reverend Bryan Fairfax officiated at the service. Writings, 32:413-14.
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The President wrote to Fanny Washington on February 24th, sending his condolences, "love, friendship, and disposition to serve you." He suggested she make Mount Vernon her home. Writings, 32:354.

To Elizabeth Willing Powel

( 21 February 1793)

The President and Mrs. Washington offer the comliments of the day to Mrs. Powell (sic). - 1 They sincerely wish her the return of many anniversaries of it - that with each her happiness may increase - & the satisfaction of her friends thereby promoted.

The President and Mrs. Washington would, with pleasure have been of Mrs. Powell's party on the present occasion, this evening, had it not been for the late event which has happened in their family. - 2

Wednesday 21st February 1793

AL (Third person). In the handwriting of George Washington. ViMtV.

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Mrs Powel shared her birthday with the President.
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The Washingtons had gone into mourning following the death of George Augustine Washington.

From John Hewson

A Citizen Presents to the Consort of our most worthy President; a piece of elegant Chintz, the fabrick of which was imported from India, in an American bottom: and printed by the subscriber in his manufactory at Kensington, adjoining the glass-house. It is presumed if the worthy person here address'd, would honor the manufacture of our own country so far as to wear a dress made of the piece accompanying this; it might be a great means of introducing the like amongst the more affluent of our fellow citizens, and would help remove the prejudice, that at present too much prevails against American manufactures.

The subscriber is willing to risque his reputation on the piece herewith presented, as the best performance ever exhibited on this continent to the present day. The wholesale price is nine shillings Pr. Yd. and upon strict enquery, it will be found that no importer in this city can present a piece of equal fabrick and workmanship, from any part of the world at a less price.

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