My dear Sister November the 22d 1797
Mr. B Bassetts1 coming up has afforded a favorable oppertunity for Fanny 2 to get down to you we are sorry to part with her indeed nothing but yours and her Fathers desire that she should come with Mr Bassett would have induced me to part with her this winter It is reather too late and the weath(er) is bad but he cannot stay I wished him to stay till Monday but he says he cannot so my dear Fanny sets out with him he has promised to take great care of her and I think she will go better with him than any other person - we all part with Fanny with great reluctance and nothing but the commands of a Father and mother would have prevaled with us to let her go at this cold season of the year - I hope my dear sister if I live till the summer you will let Fanny spend the sickly months with us she has been perfectly well ever since she came hear as you will see by her looks, being hear a summer or too will carry off all her various complaints that she has been so long subject to - I should my Dear sister been very glad if you could have made it convenient to have come to see us this summer I hope if I live till next the next you may find time to come hear - as it is the first wish of my Heart to see you hear - It gives me great pleasure to hear that you have enjoyed better health this summer than usual - I hope in god that you will get the better of all your complaints, and as you grow older enjoy better health - I shall be anxious till I hear that Fanny is safe with you I trust she will not take cold in the stage - The General and myself are well - Nelly Custis is complaining a good deal with the tooth ack - other ways she is well - Washington is with us he will spend this winter hear with us He is in good health - my Dear sister we hardly know how to part with my dear Fanny but the commands of Parents must be obayed I hope she will get home so well that you will be enduced to let her come hear again to stay with us - pore Nelly is all most broken hearted at parting with her cousin - and I am very sorry I hope you will find getting hear not so great an undertaking - as I trust she will get home well Mr Bassett seems to be very careful - and has promised to see her safe to you - my love and good wishes to you and all with you concludes me my dear sister your ever affectionate
The general desires to be affectionately remembered to you and all with you Alex 9 Jany Free Mrs Elizabeth Henley near Williamsburg
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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: 308.