Mrs Washington returns compliments and many thanks to Mrs Fairfax, 1 for her polite attention in procuring the patterns of Lutestrings 2 - Mrs Washington does not recollect which of them resembles most Mrs Peter's dress; she will therefore defer getting either until Mrs P. comes to Mount Vernon; she is expected the last of the ensuing week. -
Mrs. Washington and Miss Custis unite in compliments to the Ladies at Mount Eagle3 -
Df, in the hand of a secretary. Location unknown. Copy furnished by ViMtV.
Phila. January the 7th 1798
My dear Madam
It is said by the experienced that good habits have a powerful influence on the conduct of life, my present sensations evince the truth of the observation. I have for some time past been in the habit of paying my compliments to you at the commencement of a New Year; and I now feel a propensity too strong to be resisted, to present to you, and the General my best wishes that the present and succeeding Years, may bring an accession of every blessing that can render the remnant of your lives happy.
I had the pleasure of receiving your Letter of the 18th of last December, on Christmas Day, and I availed myself of the presence of the greatest part of my family (who celebrate the day at my House) to present your good wishes to your Phila Acquaintances; they sincerely reciprocate them as does the good Bishops family. 1 Poor Mrs. White has at length paid the last tribute to suffering humanity. 2 Mrs. Morris I have not seen for some Weeks, yet I too well know that her Situation is truly deplorable. 3
I thank you my dear Madam for your gracious, and friendly invitation to Mount Vernon in the Spring; But I suspect that my vanity will admonish me not to contrast myself with all the bloom that will pervade that delightful Spot at a Season when all nature is bursting into