Dryburgh Abbey January 8th 1794
The Countess of Buchan1 presents her compliments to Mrs Washington & begs her acceptance of a Medallion Paste of Her Husbands Portrait as a Mark of the Interest she takes in the House & Family of Mount Vernon & in the happiness of Mrs Washington.
AL (Third person), ViMtV.
My Dear Fanny Philadelphia January the 14 1794
I now set down to thank you for your two Last letters, by the one from Eltham I was very glad to hear that you were safe arrived at yoar jouney end - by Mr Lewis s 1 account of your going to Cole chester I was affraide you would have a very disagreeable journey with your pore little children - and thank god we are all well - and not the least fear of the yallow fever while the weather is cold some people seemes to anticipate its return again in the summer - but I believe they have no cause but that of a glumay dispossion - they have suffered so much that it can not be got over soon by those that was in the city - almost every family has lost some of thair friends - and black seeems to be general dress in the city - the players are not allowed to come hear nor has there been any assembly. Yet the young people wish it and talk of having them soon - I am truly sorry to hear that your Brother John2 has been ill - I hope he wil soon be well again - what is the matter with Patty Dandridge3 her Brother told me soon after I came hear that he heard she was sick - I hope she has got well are this I shall be much obliged to you to enquire about my pore sister 4 and let me hear of her from you - I had the pleasure to hear by Mrs Griffin5 that she was very well just before she left virginia - I have got your stays done and ready to send to you by the first oppertunity - I fear that it will be some time before I shall be able to send them by water to Richmond - the river is so full of Ice that noe vessel can pass -
My dear Fanny as you memorandum mentions one Dozen and half of shears half a dozen to be different from the dozen - would it not be more convenient to have them all alike, - and of what kind of stuff would you chuse to have the Bottoms made off plase to lett me know as soon as you can - as we wish to have your memorandum put into the work mens hands, as they are very tedous in everything they undertake indeed there has been so many of those sort of people taken away by the fever - that it is with much difficulty any kind of work can be done the work men all
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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: 254.