Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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(Duplicate) Mr. Lawrence Lewis Woodlawn Virginia

Receipt Thomas Peter $441.69 July 5 1800

ADS, NjMH.

1.
Lawrence Lewis was a nephew of General Washington, and the husband of Mrs. Washington's granddaughter, Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis. He was one of the executors of General Washington's estate.
2.
According to General Washington's will, each of the legatees was allowed to take one share of his stock in the Potomack Company. See, The Last Will and Testament of George Washington, Mount Vernon, Va., 6th Edition, 1992, pp. 26, 48
3.
Thomas Peter was the husband of Mrs. Washington's granddaughter, Martha Parke Custis Peter. He was one of the executors of Mrs. Washington's estate.

From James Anderson

Madam Ferry, 21 July 1800

Ever since I had a Management of this Estate (I am sorry to say) it has been very unproductive.

This spring past, the prospect was a little flattering. But from the attacks of the Fly, and Rust, the crop of wheat will be very poor, and that crop is all the Dependence And as will appear by the inclosed Note £ 362 - 10 will be requisite to pay Hires on the Estate, Exclusive of finding those persons to whom those Hires are payable. After this the other expences of the Farms Such as Iron, Leather for Shoes, backbands, & ca, Linen for the Negroes Shirts Taxes Doctors Bill the incidental expence which can neither be forseen nor yet avoided. Of all these a copy is inclosed.

And being fully convinced that the sales (after rendering to the House at Mount Vernon the articles wanted for consumption there) will not nearly Ballance the expence that I must confess I feel hurt. And think it my Duty to resign. And do hereby beg leave to inform that on the last of December next, I shall retire from the management of this Estate of Mount Vernon - Meantime any arrangement which you may think right to make, respecting the Farms - my services are at your command untill the time mentioned 1

And I beg leave to offer my sincere thanks for the many favors bestowed on my Family & me. And with much esteem I am

Madam Your most obed & Humble Svt Jas Anderson

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