AN. By an unidentified secretary. NHi.
Cornelia Tappan Clinton, wife of Governor George Clinton
The note was undoubtedly written during the period when New York City served as
the capitol city ( 1789-1790). Mrs. Washington took up residence there in May, 1789 and
continued her residence until she and the President left for Philadelphia on August 30,1790.
From Mrs. George Clinton
Mrs Clinton presents her respectful Compliments to Mrs Washington - It will be equally covenient - to her to visit the Federal Building this
afternoon & she will accordingly be ready to wait upon Mrs Washington
for that purpose at Six O Clock.
Df by Governor George Clinton.
George Clinton ( 1739-1812) served in the French and Indian War. He was trained as
a lawyer and early became a prominent member of the minority revolutionary party in New
York. Clinton was elected to the New York Assembly and in 1775 was elected to the Second
Continental Congress. During the revolution he served as a brigadier-general of militia as
well as in the Continental Army. He was elected seven times as governor of New York. As
a young man and thereafter till his death he was a political power in New York. He twice
served as vice-president of the United States and was once a candidate for president.
To Jane Donaldson Fairfax
( Mount Vernon, n.d.)
Mrs Washington returns compliments and many thanks to Mrs Fairfax,
1 for her polite attention in procuring the patterns of Lutestrings,
- 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 Eagle -
AN. (Third person). Copy furnished by ViMtV. Location of original unknown.
Lutestring - var. of lustring; a kind of glossy silk fabric; a dress or ribbon of this material.
Jane "Donaldson" Fairfax ( "Jenny" Dennison), second wife of Rev. Bryan, eight Lord Fairfax. They lived at "Monteagle," Fairfax County. She died in 1805.