4:00 P.M.his fever suddenly dropped and he developed profuse perspiration. Ms condition
improved rapidly and by the 20th of May he was considered out of danger. Ms
convalescence continued for a period of six weeks. Diaires, 6:76-77. Freeman, 6:259-61; Staff
Meetings of the Mayo Clinic, February 18, 1942, p. 111.
To Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
Wednesday 7th July 1790
Mrs Washington presents her compliments to Mrs Hamilton, and
requests she will have the goodness to transmit her best thanks to Mrs Church2 for the token of remembrance so elegantly wrought by the hands
of the amiable donor, Mrs Washington wishes that her acknowledgements may be expressed in such true and forceable language as to render
them particularly acceptable to Mrs Church.
ALS (Third person), MHi.
Unidentified. Appended to the note is the following: "This note presented to Mrs. G.
Lee by Mrs. Alexander Hamilton." It was in a scrap-book made by Mrs. George Gardner Lee
From John Lamb
Honored Madam, New York 10th Dec. 1790
I have to beg your acceptance of three Barrells Apples, one Jar
preserved Ginger, & Kit of Soused Salmon which are on board the Sloop
Union, William Watson Master; enclosed, is a receipt for the same - you
will be pleased to present my most respectful compliments to his
Excellency the President & permit me to subscribe myself with sentiments
of the highest respect.
Your most obedient
& very humble servant
John Lamb ( 1735-1800), Colonel and later Brigadier-general in the Continental Army.
His service was almost entirely limited to the artillery. Lamb was present at the attack on St. John's, Quebec, and served with distinction at Yorktown. Following the war he was
customs collector at New York from 1784-1797.
The text is taken from a copy made by Rev. William Buell Sprague ( 1795-1876). Sprague
graduated from Yale College in 1815. The following year he was employed as a tutor for the
children of Lawrence and Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis, at Woodlawn Plantation. Sprague,
who was one of the first autograph collectors in the United States, ingratiated himself to Justice Bushrod Washington. Justice Washington had inherited Mount Vernon and all the
papers of George Washington. He naively gave permission for young Sprague to remove
whatever portions of the Washington correspondence he wished, provided he would leave
copies. See, Draper, An Essay on the Autographic Collections of the Signers of the Declaration of
Independence and of the Constitution, ( New York, 1889), p. 14; Eaton (ed.), Index to the George
Washington Papers, Library of Congress, p. x, Washington, 1964.