Camp Before York, October 12th, 17811
My Dear & Hond Madam,
I have the pleasure to inform you that I find Myself much better since I left Mt Vernon, notwithstanding the change in my Lodging &c, and that the General tho in constant Fatigue looks very well; I staid a night with my Uncle 2 in my way down, and had the pleasure to find him and Family in good Health, likewise of seeing my Grandmother, 3 I think She looks very well, but discovers her great Age more than when I last saw Her. She now lives with my Uncle. My Aunt Henley lives where she formerly lived. 4 They are very desirous of seeing you, My Grandmother wishes you to bring down both Bet and Pat, 5 but I told Her it would be too inconvenient for you to bring down both. My Uncle has suffered very much by the Enemy; They are all very desirous of seeing you, and if the General has no Objection, I think you might come down; 6 as he is writing to you I shall refer you to him for advise on this matter, as well as for News.
I am dear Madam with the
Your very dutiful son
J. P. Custis
P.S. please to inform Mr. Washington7 that I have made every possible Enquiry after his Negroes, but have not seen any belonging to him, the General or myself, I have heard that Ned is in York a pioneer, old Joe Rachier is in the Neighborhood tho I have not been able to see him. His Wife is dead, and I fear that most who left Us are not existing, 8 the mortality that has taken place among the Wretches is really incredible. I have seen numbers lying dead in the Woods, and many so exhausted that they cannot walk. I should be glad to hear from Mr. Wn. whether he has sold any of my horses, they are not high price in comparison to what they sell for here.