Washington was absent. The verso of the letter has the following notation: "James Brown
Son of John & Sarah his wife received this letter at Verplanks Pointon the river Hudson about
40 miles distant from N York City in October 1782 being then on this way to the South, on
a jaunt of Pleasure, or a visit to the world of which he knew but little at that time having
never before been in any other City except Boston. But as this Journey to the South extended
at that Setting out no further than Baltimore this introductory letter from George
Washington was never delivered - Afterwards in 1786 during the month of December He
stopped at M. Vernon the immortal Man and his very kind & hospitable Lady were there,
and the attention he recd while there from all the family made an impresssion so strong and
so agreeable, that it never can be erased from the Tablet of Memory - Bushrod Washington
with whom he was well acquainted in Philada in 1783 was on the first visit to his uncle with
his new married Lady. This circumstance made the residence of some days in that interesting
mansion still more interesting." This is the third known letter of George Washington to Martha Washington.
(Newburgh February 7, 1783)
Yesterday there was an interesting scene at Headquarters. Over fifty
soldiers, thinly clad, and with pale but happy faces, whom the General
had pardoned in the morning for various crimes, came to express their
gratitude for his mercy and kindness to them
They had come in a body. One of them was spokesman for the rest.
My heart was touched and my eyes were filled with tears. I gave the
speaker some money to divide among them all, and bade them "go, and
sin no more." The poor fellow kissed my hand and said "God bless Lady Washington." Poor fellows.
From Lossing, Mary and Martha, p. 220. Lossing does not give his source, although he
states it was written to Mrs. Washington's sister, Anna Maria Bassett. This is obviously
incorrect, since Mrs. Bassett died in 1777. If based on an authentic letter, it has been
substantially edited. In the General Orders of February 6,1783, General Washington granted
"a full and free pardon to all military prisoners now in confinement." Writings, 26:102-03.
To Major General Henry Knox
(Newburgh March 6, 1783)
Mrs Washington presents her compliments to General Knox1 and
begs his acceptance of two Hair netts.
2 They would have been sent long
ago but for want of tape, which was necessary to finish them and which
was not obtained till yesterday.
newburgh March the 6th 1783
ALS (third person) MWi:W-C.
Henry Knox ( 1750-1806), Major-general in the Continental Army and chief of artillery.
His first great achievement was to bring the captured cannon from Ticonderoga to Cambridge in the dead of winter of 1775, a distance of 300 miles. He was a skilled commander
of this branch of Washington's army as well as an efficient administrator. After the war he