Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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To Mrs Elizabeth Powel

My Dear Madam - Mount Vernon May the 1st 1797

Mr Craiks1 return to Philadelphia (to accompany his sister Mrs Harrison, 2 to Alexandria) affords me an oppertunity of offering our respects to you; and, if you will be so good as to allow me, to ask at the same time, if the man who lived with Mr T Francis3 and was recommended to us, is to be found in philadelphia; and could be induced, if there, to come to us as a steward, or cook. -

The person we brought from thence is totally inadequate to the purpose for which he was imployed. - He posseses, it is true, some valuable properties, for I believe he is thoroughly honest, sober and carefull, is obliging in the extreem, but he knows nothing of cooking - arranging a table - or servants; nor will he assume any authority over them. - Indeed he cannot understand them, nor they him; it may readily be conceived then that much confusion ensued 4 -

Will you be so obliging my Dear Mrs Powell as to let me hear from you on the above subject, and if the person Here mentioned is unattainable, wheather it is probable any other competent character could be obtained; - when; - and on what terms: for the inconvenience I am put to since the loss of my cook is very great, and rendered still more sevear for want of a steward, who is acquainted with the management of such like matters. -

We hope you have not relinquished the thoughts of visiting your friends in this state, and giving us the pleasure of seeing you at Mt Vernon: The General unites with me in a tender of every good wish, and Nelly and Washington would, I am sure do the same, if they were at home, boath are in the Federal City, with thair sister -

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