The Autobiography of Peter Stephen Du Ponceau

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Title

The Autobiography of Peter Stephen Du Ponceau

Creator

Peter Stephen Du Ponceau
James L. Whitehead, ed.

Publisher

Offprint from the Pennsylvania magazine of history and biography, April, 1939, through April, 1940

Date

1940-00-00

Format

published primary source

Language

eng

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Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen, and James L. Whitehead, ed. The Autobiography of Peter Stephen Du Ponceau. Philadelphia: Offprint from the Pennsylvania magazine of history and biography, April, 1939, through April, 1940.

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“[November 1780]…We parted with General Greene somewhere in the State of Delaware and pursued our route to Richmond in Virginia. On our way the Baron paid a visit to Mrs. Washington at Mount Vernon; we were most cordially received and invited to dinner….The Baron having accepted the invitation we sat down to dinner. Mrs. Washington was accompanied by a young lady, a relative, whose name, I think, was Miss Custis. The table was abundantly served, but without profusion….After dinner was over, while the Baron and Major Walker in company with the young lady were viewing the grounds I had the honour of sitting in the parlour tete-a-tete with Mrs. Washington. I shall never forget the affability, and, at the same time, the dignity of her demeanour. Our conversation was on general subjects. I can only remember the impression it left upon my mind; she reminded me of the Roman matrons of whom I had read so much, and I thought that she well deserved to be the companion and friend of the greatest man of the age.”

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Peter Stephen Du Ponceau, "The Autobiography of Peter Stephen Du Ponceau," in Martha Washington, Item #186, http://marthawashington.us/items/show/186 (accessed December 14, 2018).