I am Dear Sir
Yr obedt Hble Servt
From - Mrs. Washington
To Colo Humphreys 26th June 1797
Df, in the handwriting of GW. DLC:GW.
David Humphreys ( 1752-1818), longtime aide and secretary to GW during the
Revolution and personal secretary during the presidency as well as in private life. He was
a close companion and friend.
The Washingtons arrived at Mount Vernon on Wednesday March 15, 1797. Eleanor
Parke Custis to Mrs. Oliver Wolcott, Jr., March 18, 1797. Baker, Washington After the Revolution,
( Philadelphia, 1898), p. 347.
Martha Eliza Eleanor Peter ( 1796-1800) and Eliza Law ( 1797-1832). She married Lloyd
Nicholas Rogers on April 5, 1817.
Fanny Bassett Washington Lear died the latter part of March, 1796.
Lund Washington, born in 1737, died in August, 1796. He was the son of Townsend
Washington and Elizabeth Lund Washington of Chotank. His great-grandfather, Lawrence,
was brother to GW's great-grandfather, John. Lund Washington was manager at Mount
Vernon during the Revolution as well as at other times during the absence of GW.
Dr. James Craik ( 1731-1814) was GW's personal physician, comrade in arms through
two wars, confidante, and close friend.
Mariamne Ewell Craik ( 1740-1814) was the daughter of James Ewell and Sarah Ball
Ewell. The latter was a second cousin of GW. The Craiks were married in 1760. Diaries, 2:226.
Meriamne Craik West, one of the three daughters of Dr. and Mrs. James Craik. She was
the second wife of Roger West, son of Colonel John West. They lived at West Grove, near
the mouth of Hunting Creek.
The President had apparently extended an invitation to Humphreys to share his
retirement with him at Mount Vernon. In a letter from Lisbon, January 1, 1797, Humphreys
informed the President he could not accept, "your most cordial & affecting invitation." His
reasons were: a duty to his country to continue his career in public service; his impending
marriage. Humphreys married Ann Francis Bulkeley, daughter of John Bulkeley, head of a
banking and mercantile firm in London.
F. L. Humphreys, Life and Times of David Humphreys,
( New York, 1917), 2:250-54.
To Elizabeth Willing Powel
My Dear Madam Mount Vernon 14th July 1797
Your obliging favors of the 25 of June and 8th instant have been duly
received and are entitled to my particular acknowledgments
The objections (indeed a third, unacquainted with blacks) occur to
employing the French man mentioned in the letter. - first the want of a
character from those whom we know, and secondly his wages: sixteen
dollars is the most we have ever given to a servant, except to Mr Kitt2 and
the other stewards of the family; who had three times the trouble that any
one in that line could have in this family, where every thing would be
provided to His hands, instead of marketing for it himself; by doing which,