Letter, to Anna Maria Bassett, January 31, 1776

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Letter, to Anna Maria Bassett, January 31, 1776


Martha (in Cambridge at Army headquarters) comments on the progress of the war. She is also upset with her sister for not writing sooner.


Martha Washington


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


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Joseph E. Fields, editor




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

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My Dear Sister                         Cambridge January the 31,1776

I have wrote to you several times in hopes that would put you in mind of me but I find it has not had its intended affect and I am really very uneasy at not hearing from you and have made all the excuses for you that I can think of but it will not doe much longer if I doe not get a letter by this nights post I shall think myself quite forgot by all my Freinds The distance is long yet the post comes in very regularly every week --

The General myself and Jack are very well Nelly Custis is I hope getting well again, and I beleive is with child, I hope noe accident will happen to her in going back I have not thought much about it yet god knows whare we shall be I suppose thare will be a change soon but how I cannot pretend to say - A few days a goe Gen. Clinton, with several companyes Sailed out of Boston Harbor to what place distant for, we cannot find out. some think it is to Virginia he is gon, others to New York -they have been keept in Boston so long that I suppose they will be glad for a place where they may have more room as they cannot get out anyway here but by water - our navey has been very successful in taking thair vessels two was taken last week loded with coles and potatoes wines & several other articles for the use of the troops - If General Clinton is gon to New York, - General Lee is there before him and I hope will give him a very warm reception, - he was sent thare some time a goe to have matters put in proper order in case any disturbance should happen, as thare are many Tories in that part of the world or at least many are susspected thare to be unfreindly to our cause at this time - winter hear has been so remarkable mild the Rivers has never been frozen hard enough to walk upon the Ice since I came heer, My Dear sister be so good as to remember me to all enquireing friends - give my Duty to my mam(ma) and love to my brothers and sisters Mr Bassett your Dear Children and self - in which the General Jack and Nelly joins me.

I am my Dear Nancy
your ever effectionate sister
Martha Washington

To Mrs. Bassett
to ye care of
Randolph Esq
Feb 24, 1776
Reed last night
and (missing)

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Martha Washington, "Letter, to Anna Maria Bassett, January 31, 1776," in Martha Washington, Item #401, https://marthawashington.us/items/show/401 (accessed April 6, 2021).