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.
From John Gadsby
Mrs. Washington Dr
To Beef 7/6 To N 7 Beef 9/ To (?)
Recd the above
John Gadsby, an Englishman, leased the old City Tavern in Alexandria in 1794. He
continued to operate a tavern there for a number of years.
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
yr. mo. ob. Ser. Tobias Lear
Colo. Clement Biddle
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.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
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: 377.
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