We learn with regret that your journey hitherwards is postponed until autumn. - For the purpose of a purchase in the Federal City that period will not, I dare venture to say, be too late; although we are told by one of the commissions the other day that the Public buildings were going on with great activity. - It is possable however, that some of the best situated lots may be disposed of in the interim: - but even of this nothing can be said with certainty. -
Mr Fitzhugh2 has not removed to Alexandria, nor is it expected he will do so untill the Fall -
It was long before I got rid of my cold but at present am as well as usual - The General and Nelly Custis enjoy perfect health; and unite with me in wishing you, not only the continuance of that blessing, but of every other this world affords - with great esteem, and affectionate regard
I remain my dear Madam your obliged Humble Sert M Washington3
ALS, ViMtV (copy).
I cannot tell you, My dear friend, 1 how much I enjoy home after having been deprived of one so long, for our dwelling in New York and Philadelphia was not home, only a sojourning. The General and I feel like children just released from school or from a hard taskmaster, and we believe that nothing can tempt us to leave the sacred roof-tree again, except on private business or pleasure. We are so penurious with our enjoyment that we are loath to share it with any one but dear friends, yet almost every day some stranger claims a portion of it, and we cannot refuse.
Nelly and I are companions. Washington is yet at Princeton and doing well. Mrs. Law2 and Mrs. Peter3 are often with us, and my dear niece Fanny Washington, who is a widow lives in Alexandria, only a few miles from us. 4 Our furniture and other things sent to us from Philadelphia arrived safely; our plate we brought with us in the carriage. 5 How many dear friends I have left behind. They fill my memory with sweet thoughts. Shall I ever see them again? Not likely, unless they shall come to me here,