Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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as I do. - he always appeared very attentive to his wife and child, as farr as ever I have seen; he is I believe, a man of strict honor and probity; and one with whom you would have as good a prospect of happyness as with any one I know; but beg you will not let anything I say influence you either way. The President has a very high opinion of and friendship for Mr. Lear; and has not the least objection to your forming the connection but, no more than myself, would wish to influence your judgement, either way - yours and the childrens good being among the first wishes of my heart -

The insurgents in the back country has carried matters so high that the President has been obliged to send a larg body of men to settle the matter - and is to go himself tomorrow to to Carlyle to meet the troops: 4 god knows when he will return again. - I shall be left quite alone with the children. - should you go to Berkley be so good as to send the keys you have of our House to Mr Pearce; in case the President should take Mount Vernon in his way back to this place. - my love and good wishes attend you in which the President joins me, with love to the children - adu my dear Fanny and believe me with sincere wishes for your happyness your ever affectionate

M Washington

From Mrs Washington Septr 29th 1794

ALS, NNPM.

1.
Probably diptheria.
2.
George Washington Parke Custis. He was as dilatory as his father, John Parke Custis had been as a student. Dr. David Stuart was his step-father.
3.
After being closely associated with Fanny Bassett Washington, as a member of the Washington household for six years and following the deaths of their respective spouses, Lear proposed marriage. Fanny had requested advice from the Washingtons in a letter of August 29th. The letter is missing.
4.
The President left Philadelphia on September 30th for western Pennsylvania, to accompany the militia, sent to quell the whiskey insurrection. He returned on October 28th.

To Fanny Bassett Washington

My Dear Fanny

Philadelphia October the 18th 1794

I had the pleasure to recieve your kind favor some time in the last week and have put your letter so secure as not to be able to find it today. I am very glad to hear you are tolerable well your self and your children better, your happyness my dear Fanny is I assure you, very dear to the President and myself, I have not a doubt but you have considered well what you are about to undertake - and I hope that the same providence that has heatherto taken care of you will still be your gardien angel to

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