Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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From Fanny Bassett Washington

( June 1794)

as I expected the happiness of seeing the President shortly I did not in my last mention one or two things which I thought of proposing to him respecting the repairs he is so good as to have done for me in Alexandria. I trust he will forgive the appearance of importunity which any request from me might have to him, who has already shown me so much kindness & benevolence, which I wished to propose is that he will be so good as to allow Mr Pearce to have one end of the stable laid with plank floor, for without it I shall be much at a loss to accomodate the servants I am obliged to carry with me. to have a small inclosure made on the lot as a place of security for my wood as I have no wagg(on) (missing) & must endeavour to have enough (missing) to last some time, & the ravages of wicked or (missing) 1

Df ViMtV. Contained on the verso of the letter of Martha Washington to Fanny Bassett Washington, June 2, 1794.

Following the death of her husband, Fanny Bassett, given her choice, preferred to occupy one of the President's houses in Alexandria. He gave explicit orders, from time to time, to Mr. Pearce to put the house and yard in good repair and ready for occupancy by May, 1794. As requested by Fanny, he directed the stable be floored and a safe place for wood storage be provided. Both brick hearths were to be replaced with stone and that he would send wallpaper from Philadelphia. Writing, 33:196, 200, 242, 267-68, 368, 400, 427.

To Fanny Bassett Washington

Philadelphia June the 15th 1794

My Dear Fanny

I am sorry to hear of your Letter of the tenth that your little girl has been so ill 1 - I hope she has got quite well before this - I have not a doubt but worms is the principle cause of her complaints Children that eat everything as they like and feed as heartely as yours does must be full of worms - indeed my dear Fanny I never saw children stuffed as yours was when I was down and reather wondered that they were able to be tolarable with such lodes as they used to put into thair little stomachs - I am sure thare is nothing so pernisious as over charging the stomach of a child-with every kind of food that they will take - expearance will convince you of the impropriety if nothing else will -

I can with much truth say that I am really sorry that - I cannot come down to M Vernon this summer particularly on your account - the president says he cannot make a longer stay than a few days - which would make it very inconveniant to me to be thare without him - besides I should not like to have any thing to do with Mr Pearces Family in the House The President will bring two white men with him - one of them may sleep in Whitings room the other in the Garet - let thare be a bed put


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