Letter, Martha Washington to Elizabeth Powel, May 20, 1797

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Letter, Martha Washington to Elizabeth Powel, May 20, 1797

Subject

Martha Washington as Mistress of the Household

Description

In this letter to her Philadelphia friend Elizabeth Powel, Martha Washington refers to her search for additional slaves to assist in the kitchen at Mount Vernon. It is notable especially for a paragraph alluding to the suspect trustworthiness of slaves. George Washington apparently drafted the letter which Martha then sent out with her own signature (image courtesy of Mount Vernon Ladies' Association).

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Martha Washington

Date

1797-05-20

Language

eng

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The Martha Washington Collection, Mount Vernon.

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Martha Washington, "Letter, Martha Washington to Elizabeth Powel, May 20, 1797," in Martha Washington, Item #34, http://marthawashington.us/items/show/34 (accessed January 17, 2018).