GO: Washington M Washington2
Mr. Tobias Lear
Afflicted as I am I have thought it my duty to write the enclosed which will communicate an event that must be distressing to you, my dear friend, as well as myself. The Partner of my life is no more!
and I am too much distressed at this moment to add more than to assure you that tho my life is now not worth preserving, yet as it is, it is most Sincerely & devotedly yours
March 25, 1796.
The Washingtons had also been informed of Fanny's death by a letter from Eliza Parke Custis Law, written March 25. Writings, 35:1.
NOTE: In a letter of April 1, 1796, Andrew Parks sought the permission of the President to court his niece, Harriot Washington ( 1776-1822), daughter of his deceased younger brother, Samuel Washington. Since her father's death, GW had acted as her guardian and had provided for her financially. She had spent considerable time at Mount Vernon, during which time GW had become fond of her. On April 7th GW answered Parks's letter. The retained file copy was written by MW. A photographic copy is at ViMtV.
Madam London October 7th 1796
I have desired Mr. Anthony1 to present to you a proof print engraved from the whole length Portrait of the President, which you remember I painted in Philadelphia. 2 I beg you will do me the Honor to accept it Madam, not as a fine likeness, or in itself a valuable work, but, as an acknowledgement of the Grateful Respect with which I have the Honor to be
Your very much obliged
and Humble servant
From John Trumbull
7th Oct. 1796