To George Washington Parke Custis
March 4th, 18021
I give to my grand son, George Washington Parke Custis my Mulato
2 that I bougt of Mr Butler Washington3 to him and his heirs
This copy of the codicil to the will of MW, dated March 4, 1802 is in the Gunther
Collection, Chicago Historical Society. It is not on paper of the period, shows evidences of
having been traced or deliberately forged, and probably dates from the late nineteenth
Here MW refers to Elijah, who was probably a dower slave, since MW was transferring
ownership to her grandson. She would not have done so had Elijah been a Washington slave.
See Prussing, p. 392.
Butler Washington (d. 1817) was the son of John Washington and Catherine
Washington Washington. They were "Chotank Washingtons" from King George County.
As in the authentic will, there are "signatures" of Martha Peter and two of MW.
To Winthrop Sargent
1 Mount Vernon, March 30th 1802
Your very polite favour of January 27th I have just received, and
request you will accept my sincere acknowledgments for the expressions
of respect contained in it. Nothing can be more soothing to my mind than those testimonies of respect and veneration paid to my deceased and ever
regretted Friend, particularly by those who knew him well, and whom he
considered with esteem and regard -
Permit me to offer my best wishes for the welfare of Mrs Sargent,
and to express my hopes, that your expectations in regard to a son may
My family unite in sincere wishes for the happiness of Yourself and
Please to accept the esteem
and regard of
Your ob't Serv't M. Washington3
Colo Winthrop Sargent The Grove near Natchez.
Winthrop Sargent ( 1753-1820), a member of a prominent Massachusetts family,
Harvard graduate, and brevet major in the Continental Army. Following the war he became
one of the organizers and developers of the Ohio Company. Sargent played an important
part, politically and militarily, in the development of the Northwest Territory. He became General Arthur St. Clair's adjutant-general in the ill-fated expedition against the Indians in