Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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As to the term for which you would let the Estate, it must depend upon your own view of the subject, the Will & advice of your friends there, who are much better acquainted with the circumstances attending the Estate & the utility of a longer or shorter term, than he is at this distance."


The text is taken from the letter-book copy in the Washington Papers, Library of Congress. It is in a secretarial hand.

To Fanny Bassett Washington

My Dear Fanny Philadelphia August the 4th 1793

I am very happy to hear by your letters that yourself and children are all well - we have had a melloncholy time hear for about a fortnight past Mrs. Lear was taken with a fever - the doctor was called in but to no purpose her illness increased till the eight day she was taken from us. - she never lost her senses till just before she expired - Mr. Lear bares his loss like a philosipher - she is generally lamented by all that knew her she was a pretty spritely woman - and always in very good health. 1

I am glad you had your room white washed - I whish you had made austin use everything of the kind while he was about the House - I should think Frank might white wash the Kitchen and his room in the seller - he cannot have much to do if he will only set about it he may very soon get done - my dear Fanny make him clean every part of the House constantly every week sellers and all 2 - that I may have things in tolerable order if I come home which I expect to do some time next month -

The gold thread I prized for - Mr. Lewis3 got the silk - I told him I would pay for it but he never brought me the bill so you must pay him for it - I was a good deal surprised to be told By Austin that the Bacon was all of it spoiled in the smoke house will you let me know if it is so - the fine wet summer by bye such necessaries as one wanted about the house - as it will be needless to put up a large quantity for winter. tell Mrs. Washington4 - I will with pleasure get a muslin for her - I sent the lockets by a gentleman going to alexandra last week the shoes went yesterday on board a vessel directed to Mr. Porter which I hope will get safe to you. I have not as yet got the bills - but will send them in my next.- the President says that the linnin may be got for the House people - having the Cutting out of the winter cloths for the people that Charlot may set about making them - I sent some lose linning last week by Capt Elwood to make Babe clothes - for the negro women - cut shirts and caps and necessary things for them only.

I am truly sorry to hear of so many deaths - the wet raney season has made it sickly every where - I shall be glad when the frost comes to clear the air - I hope you will get the cloth safe The Capt. had great charge


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