Pinckney was placed in command of the military forces south of Maryland, including
those in Kentucky and Tennessee.
The reference is to the machinations of the French Directorate and the X-Y-Z Affair. Pinckney had been a principal figure in the negotiations.
The Pinckneys had requested silhouettes of the Washingtons. It is likely MW intended
to send those cut by Eleanor Parke Custis, but due to their large size were not sent. The
silhouette of GW sent to Mrs. Pinckney has not been identified. See,
N. Laughon, "Shadow Portraits of George Washington," Antiques Magazine, February 1988, p. 402-09.
Lawrence Lewis ( 1767-1839), nephew of GW, married Eleanor Parke Custis ( 1779-1852),
granddaughter of MW. Lewis was the son of Betty Washington Lewis and Fielding Lewis.
Eliza Pinckney, one of the daughters of General Pinckney by his first wife, Sarah
Harriet Pinckney Horry married Federick Rutledge ( 1768-1821) on October 11, 1797.
She was the daughter of Daniel and Harriet Pinckney Horry. South Carolina Historical and
Genealogical Magazine, 31:93-4.
From T. C. Radcliffe
August 18, 1799
The text of this letter is not available.
September 18, 1799
At midsummer the General had a dream so deeply impressed on his
mind that he could not shake it off for several days. He dreamed that he
and I were sitting in the summer house, conversing upon the happy life
we had spent, and looking forward to many more years on earth, when
suddenly there was a great light all around us, and then an almost invisible
figure of a sweet angel stood by my side and whispered in my ear. I
suddenly turned pale and then began to vanish from his sight and he was
left alone. I had just risen from the bed when he awoke and told me his
dream, saying, "you know a contrary result indicated by dreams may be
expected. I may soon leave you." I tried to drive from his mind the sadness
that had taken possession of it, by laughing at the absurdity of being
disturbed by an idle dream, which at the worst, indicated that I would not
be taken from him; but I could not, and it was not until after dinner that
he recovered any cheerfulness. I found in the library, a few days aftrwards,
some scraps of paper which showed that he had been writing a Will, and
had copied it.
1 When I was so very sick, lately, I thought of this dream,
and concluded my time had come, and that I should be taken first.
George Washington's will was signed on July 9, 1799. A contemporary copy, made by Albin Rawlins, one of his secretaries, also bears the same date. See,
Prussing, The Estate of
George Washington, Deceased, ( Boston, 1927), p. 36, 40.
Martha Washington was ill during this period. Her illness necessitated visits by Dr. James Craik on September 1st and the 6th. Diaries, 6:363, 366. The text is taken from