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This is a list of MW's dower slaves, with their names and locations, in GW's hand. It is written on blank sheets in his 1760 copy of the Virginia Almanac (image courtesy of the Library of…

Williamsburg, May 1, 1759.

Gentln. The Inclos'd is the Ministers Certificate of my Marriage with Mrs. Martha Custis, properly as I am told, Authenticated, You will therefore for the future please to address all your Letters which relate to theā€¦

When Daniel Parke Custis was courting Martha Dandridge, he enlisted the help of his friend John Blair to convince John Custis (Daniel’s father) that the match was appropriate. This letter contains the news that John Custis had capitulatedā€¦