I am dear Madam with esteem and affetion your most obdiant Hble Sert
P.S. my principle want is a well disposed cook and if the characters of steward and cook cannot be blended in the same person, I would prefer the latter.
ALS, Location unknown.
My Dear Madam Mount Vernon 20th May 1797
Your polite and affectionate letter of the 9th instant 1 I have been duly honoured with, and thank you sincearly for the assurances you have given me of continuing your enquires for such a servant as you conceive will answer my purposes. -
The qualities you enumerate and discribe, are exactly such as would answer these purposes; and fortunate indeed should I think myself if they could be obtained -
Drudgery duties either in the Kitchen or house would not be required of him - To superintend boath and make others perform the duties allotted them is all that would be asked of him unless unusual occations should call for particular exertions (which is not likely to happen) -
There are always two persons, a man and woman, in the Kitchen; and servants enough in the house for all needful purposes - These require Instructions in some cases, and looking after in all. - To be trust worthy - careful of what is committed to him - sober and attentive, are essential requisits in any large family, but more so among blacks - many of whom will impose when they can do it.