If anything appears improper in the freedom here taken, it is hoped that candor will cast a veil over it.
From Citizen John Hewson1
Kensington - February 27th.: 1793 P.S. The person who delivered this letter with the piece of Chintz will call for an answer on Saturday next. - J.H.
Dear Madam ( March 10, 1793) The Evening I had the Honor to wait upon you, you were so obliging as to say that you would take Tea with me either on Tuesday or Wednesday next, I fixed on. Tuesday as the earliest and, of course conformable to my wishes, without recollecting a previous Engagement I had with Mr. Hill to accompany a few married Ladies to his House as Chaperone I suppose, to a number of little girls what he considers neither as Children or Women but who as he expressed himself to me began to have "little delicate Sensibilities flying about their Hearts." To these Novitiates in Love he proposes giving a Ball which I had entirely forgot, until Mrs. Penn2 yesterday reminded me of my Engagement.
If you are disengaged Wednesday next will you do me the Honor to take Tea with us? If you will I must request the Favor of you to mention my Inadvertency to Mrs. Lear and the gentlemen
I am Dear Madam With Respect & Esteem Your affectionate Eliza Powel Sunday Mar 10th, 1793 Mrs Washington