Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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to have all your business in your own hands without trusting to others that will promise and perhaps never think of doing it till they see you - I woud rouse myself and not trouble any mortal - your concerns are not so large but you might with proper attention have them all ways kept in good order - I hope my dear Fanny you will look upon this advice in the friendly way it is ment - as I wish you to be as independent as your circumstances will admit and to be so, is to exert yourself in the management of your estate if you do not no one elce will - a dependence is I think a wrached state and you have enough if you will mannage it right.

I am glad to hear Maria and Charles are boath well The season is now so far advanced that I hope you will have no more ague and fever

thank god we are all well and shall move back to the city 2 there are frequent alarms that the yallow fever is in town but I believe it has all been without foundation - the president Mr Dandridge Nelly and Washington all join me in love and good wishes for you and your children - I wish you had mentioned how Mrs Calvert3 was when you wrote to me

I am my Dear Fanny your
most
affectionate
M Washington

ALS, CSmH.

1.
Fomites, plural of fomes (rare), any porous substance capable of absorbing and retaining contagious effluvia. (OED).
2.
The Washingtons returned to Philadelphia from Germantown on September 21st.
3.
Elizabeth Calvert Calvert ( 1730-1798), daughter of Charles Calvert, colonial governor of Maryland. She was the wife of Benedict Calvert ( 1724-1788) and the mother of Eleanor Calvert Custis Stuart ( 1754-1811).

To Elizabeth Dandridge Henley

My Dear Sister 1

Mount Vernon September the 24, 1794

Mr Maddison2 called on the President which affords me an opportunity to send the enclosed for you, and your daughter 3 and to tell you that I am greatly disappointed at not seeing you as I had promised myself that pleasure, and looked for ward for the time of your coming with impatience. I dare say Betty you have good reasons for not coming. I hope you have recovered your health. I shall be glad to hear from you. I expect to leave this for Philadelphia about the 13th of October. As it is probably that we shall never meet in this world You have my prayers for this worlds blessing. All here join me in love and good wishes to you and all with you. Mr. Maddison is waiting, so I must bid you farewell - farewell my dear Betty, and believe me your ever affectionate,

M Washington4

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