Letter, to Mrs. Burwell Bassett, June 1, 1760

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Letter, to Mrs. Burwell Bassett, June 1, 1760


Letter from Martha to her younger sister on various topics, including the health of herself and her children.


Martha Washington


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


Greenwood Press




Joseph E. Fields, editor




Published version of manuscript document

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

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Dreer Collection, Historical Society of Pennsylvania

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Dear sister                                    June 1st 1760 (Mount Vernon)

I have had the pleasure of receiving your very welcome and affect Letters of the 10th of may intended to come by Jack and the 23d by Mr Bassett who I must acknowledge myself greatly obliged to for the favour of his last visit - I shoud not have suffered him to go without a letter to you had I not known of the oppertunity that now offers and hear I must do myself the pleasure of congratulating you very sincerely on your happy deliverence of I wish I could say boy as I know how much one of that sex was diesired by you all - I am very sorry to hear my mammas complaints of ill helth and I feel the same uneasiness on the account that you doe but hope Mr (illegible) perscriptions will have the desired effect - The children are now very well and I think myself in a better state of helth than I have been in for a long time and dont dout but I shall present you a fine healthy girl again when I come down in the Fall which is as soon as Mr W-ns business will suffer him to leave home I am very much pleased to hear Betsy continues to grow a fine hearty child and (missing) Soon will make you happiest in that desirable blessing I also hope you are out of all fear of sore Breasts before this time

Mr Bassett will inform you of the mirth and gaiety that he has seen so I hope I have no occasion to enlarge upon that head in order to induce you to Try Fairfax in a pleasanter season than you did last time I shall now conclude but not till I have desired you to present my Best good wishes to Mrs Dawson and Judy in which Mr Washington desires to join me also beg you will give our Blessing to the dear little children and Each of them half a Dozen kisses and hope you will not imagin that yourself and Mr Bassett is forgot by dear nancy your sincere and Loving sister

                                                       Martha Washington

To Mrs Bassett

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Autograph Letter Signed


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Martha Washington, "Letter, to Mrs. Burwell Bassett, June 1, 1760," in Martha Washington, Item #379, https://marthawashington.us/items/show/379 (accessed April 6, 2021).