Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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and astronomy. Politically he was an ardent Federalist. During his presidency Willard rehabilitated the university following the ravages of the war and greatly improved its facilities and broadened the fields of instruction.

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To Clement Biddle

Dear Sir Mount Vernon, April 20: 1800

Mrs. Washington has received your obliging letter of the 5th instant together with the Articles therein mentioned; and requests me to offer her best thanks for your attention to her small commissions. - She also begs you will be so good as to direct Mr. Fenton to make her two pair of black velvet shoes, which you will be so kind as to forward by the first convenient opportunity. As the interest due on the General's public stock, at the time of his death, 1 as well as what have have accrued since belongs to Mrs. Washington, she will thank you to let her know the amount, and also whether the power you now have will enable you to draw it, or whether another shall be furnished, as she wishes payment to be made from this fund for such articles as she may get from Philadelphia. Mrs. Washington requests Mrs. Biddle & yourself to accept her best wishes

I am Dear Sir, very respectfully yr. mo. ob. Ser. Tobias Lear

Colo. Clement Biddle

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At the time of his death General Washington possessed United States (public) stock valued at $6246. He had loaned the United States over $33,000 during the Revolution, for which his estate received $7450, besides interest. See, Prussing, The Estate of George Washington, Deceased; Boston, 1927, p. 113-14.

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