( February 24, 1794)
It is with regret that Mrs. Washington informs Miss Aitken that she cannot accept the beautiful Screen which Miss Aitken has been so polite as to send her. However painful it is to Mrs Washington to deprive Miss Aitken of the pleasure which her acceptance of this present might have given her; yet Mrs Washington feels constrained to do it in conformity to a line of conduct which she has hitherto observed on such occasions. The taste and beautiful execution of the Screen are such as to reflect the highest credit on the talents of Miss Aitken - and the time in which it was executed does no less honour to her industry -
Mrs Washington begs that Miss Aitken will be assured that she has the same sense of Miss Aitkens politeness and respect towards her as if her present had been accepted.
Thursday Feby 24th, 1794
Miss Mary Ann Aitken
Market Street 1
My dear Fanny Philadelphia March the 2nd 1794
I have now to thank you for your favor of the 12th of February and am very happy to hear by it that you and your children enjoy good health, - and that your Brothers and sisters and all your Friends are all well - I think upon the whole this has been a rather unhealthy winter - the changes in the weather has been so very sudden; Nelly has been unwell with a kind of rash, - Washington is as thin as he can be - but thank god is very well and Nelly is getting well - I have had the pleasure to hear that Mrs. Stuart1 has another son which they seem to be much pleased with she intends to call him Charles Calvert from what I can hear Patty and Mr. Peter2 is to make a match - The old gentleman 3 will comply with Doctor Stuart's bargain and in the last letter I had from Mrs Stuart she says Patty had given him leve to visit her as a lover - I suppos by that he is agreable to all parties - if it is so I shall be very happy to see her settled with a prospect of being happy - I really believe she is a very derserving girl - I am told that he is clever, - I indeed my dear Fanny I should think that you can spend you time much more agreable to yourself with your Friends than you will up the country till the roads and weather is quite setled - I shall have your furniture sent round as soon as the river is open - but
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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: 259.