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Lewis, Howell, 1771-1822



Howell Lewis was George Washington’s nephew and second cousin to Meriwether Lewis of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition. In the early 1790s, Lewis briefly served as President Washington’s personal secretary and manager of Mount Vernon. After resigning from his post at Mount Vernon for financial reasons, Lewis managed his own land holdings in Virginia until he passed away in 1822.


Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Document, Weekly Report, 1793 August 4-10

 Item — Box 26, Folder: 1793.08.04
Identifier: A-283.101
Scope and Contents

This Farm Report (work done on Mount Vernon farms during the week Aug. 4-10) includes: Meteorological account -- work done on each farm, giving division of labor -- work days lost by sickness -- stock increase and decrease -- work of ditchers and coopers -- amount of grain ground at mill.

Dates: 1793 August 4-10

Letter, to Howell Lewis, 1793 August 11

 Item — Box 6, Folder: 1793.08.11
Identifier: RM-271; MS-2784
Scope and Contents

Lewis was acting Estate Manager for George Washington at Mount Vernon. The letter contains instructions for various farm activities and personal advice to young Lewis on how to write better reports.

Dates: 1793 August 11

Letter, to Howell Lewis or William Pearce, 1794 January 6

 Item — Box 7, Folder: 1794.01.06
Identifier: RM-490-F;MS-3946
Scope and Contents

George Washington sends two bank notes of one hundred dollars each for Mr. Butler--is upset that the ice house was not filled during the late freezing spell--wants to know quantity of oats that have been thrashed--instructs them to get seeds from the gardener--has sent a bundle of Poccon or Illinois nuts via Mr. Jefferson--East India hemp seed for sowing--inquires as to the appearance of the growing wheat--using Mr. Whiting's memo book, Mr. Dandridge will settle Mr. Butler's account.

Dates: 1794 January 6