Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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To Robert Lewis

( Mount Vernon)

Received September 15th 1801 of Robert Lewis1 (on account of the collection of my rents) four hundred and eight dollars.

M Washington


Robert Lewis ( 1769-1829) was the son of Fielding Lewis and Elizabeth(Betty) Washington Lewis, sister of GW. He was born at "Millbank," later called "Kenmore". The President hired him as a secretary upon taking office in 1789. He remained with his uncle until 1791, when he returned to Virginia. Robert accompanied MW from Mount Vernon to New York, several weeks after GW's inauguration. ( Robert Lewis diary, "Journey from Fredericksburg Virginia to New York, May 13-20, 1789, VIMV). After his return to Virginia Robert acted as his uncle's agent and manager. He was a frequent and welcome visitor at Mount Vernon.

To Colonel Richard Varick

Sir, 1 Mount Vernon, December 15th 1801

Your several favours of Nov. 20th 28th & December 2nd I have received and beg you will accept my sincerest acknowledgement for them and the excellent apples you have been so good as to send me. The first barrel have came safe to hand and your friends here have feasted on the fine Spitzenburghs - The Peppins are also extremely good, and I have only to regret, that you have not added to the obligation by forwarding the bill for them.

Will you oblige me by informing the cost of those apples & the remaining three barrells you have been so good as to select for me, & how I shall convey the money to you - Mrs Varick2 & yourself will accept my best thanks for the trouble you have taken in wrapping and packing the apples, which will last very well I have no doubt Also for the enquiries you have made respecting my old Cook Hercules, 3 since I had the pleasure of seeing you I have beem so fortunate as to engage a white cook who answers very well. I have thought it therefore better to decline taking Hercules back again.

Your friends here are very happy to hear of yours and Mrs Varick health and remember with pleasure your kind visit to M Vn, we hope you will be induced to repeat it the next summer - when Mr & Mrs Lewis4 will also be sincerely pleased to see you in their dwelling - Mr & Mrs Laws5 are well and with Mr & Mrs Lewis, my nieces & grandson unite in respectful & affectionate regards to you & Mrs Varick, with acknowledgements for your kind remembrance of them.

My regards and best wishes attend Mrs Varick & yourself.


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