but I expect thare soon will be, as the river is free from Ice which is a very uncommon thing at this season of the year, - my love the major and kiss the children in which the President joins me, - my love to your Brothers and sisters and to Patty Dandridge tell her that her Brother 2 is very well Nelly and Washington send thair love to you and children - and that you may be enabled to keep your health - is the prayers of your most affectionate
M Washington The post yesterday has not come in
My Dear Fanny Philadelphia February the 18th 1793 Your Brothers Letter of the 5th came to my hands some days after I wrote to you last. - Tho we were prepared to expect the event by every letter from you, - yet we were much shocked to hear that our dear Friend was no more. 1 - I hope you will now look forward and consider how necessary it is for you to attend to your own health for the sake of your dear little Babes - you have, my dear Fanny, received a very heavy affliction; but while it pleases god to spare the President he will be a friend to you and to the children: he would have written to you by this post but is so pressed at this moment by public business that it is not in his power to do it, but will try by the next 2 - we are all tolarable well; the President joins me in love and sincere condolence to you and your children, -
My love to your brothers and sisters, Mr. Dandridge, Nelly and Washington send their love to you and children and Friends
I am my Dear Fanny your truly affectionate M Washington
Mrs Frans Washington Eltham From Mrs M Washington Feb. 18th, 1793
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