Charles Simms ( 1755-1819), lieutenant-colonel of the 6th Virginia Regiment during the
Revolution. He practiced law in Alexandria, was a member of the Potomac Company, later
collector of the port of Alexandria, and mayor. He was a fellow Mason and active pall bearer
at GW's funeral. Diares, 6:123.
The colors were to be presented to the Alexandria Silver Grays, an Alexandria home
guard regiment commanded by Colonel Simms. Writing, 36:418.
To Frances Dandridge Henley
( November 30, 1798)
My Dear Fanny1
I see the children of the abbey
2 advertized in a book store in the city,
if you can get a set with plaits or cuts - I beg you will get a set for me -
My love and congratulations to Mr & Mrs Peter3 and good wishes
to the children - I have been a little indisposed for a day or too - but am
better today -
I pray god to bless you all - M Washington November the 30 17894 (Address)
Frances Dandridge Henley, niece of MW.
The Mount Vernon mansion library contains a copy of volumes 3 and 4 of
Regina Maria Roche's
, The Children of the Abbey, A Tale, ( New York, 1798). It bears the inscription: "Eleanor
Parke Custis, February 2, 1799, I E P Custis value this old Novel because my revered & loved
grandmother Mrs M Washington read and like it. 1840."
Congratulations upon being pregnant with her third child, John Peter, born in 1799.
This date is in error, MW having transposed the last two digits of the year. The New
York edition of the book was not published until 1798. The Peters were not married until 1795.
To Mary Stead Pinckney
Mount Vernon 20th April 1799
My dear Madam,
I have received with pleasure grateful sensibility, your obliging
favours of the 16th & 28th of last month; and thank you for the mellon
seeds which you had the goodness to send me & which came safe, & very
It gave me, and all our family much pleasure to hear of your safe
arrival, & happy meeting with your friends, in Charleston, after so long
& tiresome a journey as you performed in the depth of Winter. - In the
weather, however, except the few first days of January, you were much
favoured; as it was remarkably fine for the Season here. -