Letter, to Mrs. S. Thorpe, July 15, 1772

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Letter, to Mrs. S. Thorpe, July 15, 1772

Description

Martha Washington writes to a London clothier regarding several clothing items she had previously purchased for her daughter, Martha Parke Custis. In the letter, Martha complains about the items being overpriced.

Creator

Martha Washington (in the handwriting of George Washington).

Source

Fields, Joseph E. 'Worthy Partner': The Papers of Martha Washington. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994

Publisher

Greenwood Press

Date

1772-07-15

Contributor

Joseph E. Fields, editor

Language

eng

Type

Published version of manuscript document

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Rights Holder

George Washington Papers, Library of Congress

Citation

Fields, Joseph E. 'Worthy Partner': The Papers of Martha Washington. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994

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(July 15, 1772)

To - Mrs S Thorpe                                           Milliner in London

I cannt. help writing to you in behalf of my daughter, Miss Custis, who together with myself, Imported some very hard bargains from you last year. Messrs Cary & Co. was wrote to for a handse Suit of Brussels Lace to cost £20 in cons of wch., she reed. from you a pr of tripple Ruffles, a Tucker & Ruff set on plain joing. Nett (such as can be bought in ye Milliners Shops here at 3/6 pr yd) When, if you had ever sent a Tippet & Cap w. ye othr. things I shd still have thot them Dr.- These things have been shewn to sevl. Ladies who are accustomd to such kind of Importns, & all agree, that they are most extravagantly high chargd.

I now sd for a suit at ye price of £40 w. Lappels & ca but if you cant afford to sell a much better bargn. in these, that yo. did in ye last I shd hope yt Mr. Cary will try elsewhere, as I thy her last add. to my own is worth a little pains- and ye. othr. things sent last yr. for myself &ca were 5 gauze Caps. w. Blond Lace bordrs. at a Ga. each, when ye same kd. might have been bot. in ye Country at a much less price.- I have now sent for 2 Caps for M. Custis, & 2 for myself of Mint. lace & wd have ym gent1 but not expens. hers to suit a Person of 16 yrs old mine one of 40 & I cant. help addg. that I thk it neccesy that ye last yrs Suit (wch ought to be retd. if she cd. do witht in ye meanwhile) shd be compld w. a Tippet & Cap, as it is Scae more yn 1/3 a (?).

I am Madm yr Hble Servt
Martha Washington

July 15 - 1772

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Letter Book Copy

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How to Cite this Item

Martha Washington (in the handwriting of George Washington)., "Letter, to Mrs. S. Thorpe, July 15, 1772," in Martha Washington, Item #393, http://marthawashington.us/items/show/393 (accessed September 25, 2018).