to you - Washington begs his love to you and children From Mrs. M Washington March 1794
ALS. Location unknown. Taken from a photocopy at ViMtV.
Philadelphia March the 16th 1794
My dear Fanny
I am very happy to hear by your letter of the 26, February that you and your children are all well - and am exceedingly sorry to hear that the small pox has been so fatal in richmond that they have lost so many of the inhabitants I heard Mrs Coles1 say that more then two hundred had died some time agoe, want of care - I should think, or proper care, must be the reason of it, the season was bad which made against them - I hope you have not lost any of your relations, has Mrs Lyons2 had the small pox, Mrs Carter Harrison3 told me some time agoe that Mrs Stith4 was dead Now Betsy 5 is unfortunate to be left without her mother - I have the pleasure to tell you that we are all well - and that I believe that there has not been the least symptoms of the yallow fever in this city since I came to it, thare has been frequent alarms but the Doctors say thare has not been the least foundation for it, every care is taken to clean and air the Houses and Clean the Streets which I hope will effectually prevent any infection unless it should be again brought in to the ciy by vessel which are constantly coming up to the town from all quarters -
I am glad to hear that Patty Dandridge6 is in better health, and hope the spring comming on will carry of the effects of the cols.
My love to your Brothers and sisters Be so good my dear Fanny to remember me to Mr & Mrs Lyons and all inquiring friends Kiss your dear children for me - and believe me my dear Fanny
Your ever affectionate M Washington