Letter, George Washington to Martha Washington, October 1, 1782

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Letter, George Washington to Martha Washington, October 1, 1782

Subject

Martha Washington

Description

One of three surviving letters addressed from George to Martha Washington, this brief note is an introduction for a Mr. James Brown, who was traveling sourth, to Martha at Mount Vernon. It was a way for George to assure Martha that the bearer was a gentleman. The letter was never delivered, as Brown went no further than Baltimore (image courtesy Rhode Island Historical Society).

Creator

George Washington

Date

1782-10-01

Language

eng

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Citation

Letter, George Washington to Martha Washington, October 1, 1782. Rhode Island Historical Society.

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Text

Verplanks point 1st Oct 82

My dearest

If this letter should ever reach your hands, it will be presented by Mr Brown, - son to a Gentlman of that name in Rhode Island, from whom I have received civilities, & to whom, or his connections I could wish to make returns. - As he has thought of going into Virginia I recommend him to your notice & attention

I am most sincerely &
affectionately - Yrs
Go: Washington

[address leaf]
To Lund Washington
at Mount Vernon
Virginia

Note 2 on pp. 188-189 of Fields: "...The verso of the letter has the following notation: 'James Brown Son of John & Sarah his wife received this letter at Verplanks Point on the river Hudson about 40 miles distant from N York City in October 1782 being then on his way to the South....But as this journey to the South extended at that Setting out no further than Baltimore this introductory letter from George Washington was never delivered - Afterwards in 1786 during the month of December He stopped at M. Vernon the immortal Man and his very kind & hospitable Lady were there, and the attention he recd while there from all the family made an impression so strong and so agreeable, that it never can be erased from the Tablet of Memory..."

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How to Cite this Item

George Washington, "Letter, George Washington to Martha Washington, October 1, 1782," in Martha Washington, Item #129, http://marthawashington.us/items/show/129 (accessed July 27, 2017).