Washington, Jane Charlotte Blackburn, 1786-1855
Found in 181 Collections and/or Records:
A.L.S. Blakeley. She is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his hands from Mount Vernon as George Saunders Ned and Lewis are all laid up. Marie and Mary Jane are incapable of working out. Harvest has commenced. Wants him to send a barrel of white sand for plastering the pillars in the brick portico. Hopes he will come soon. Sends family greetings.
A.L.S. Blakeley. She had a good journey home with pleasant visits with friends on the way. “You have a partial friend in Mr. S. altho’ I think he would be pleased if you did not speak quite so loud.” Richard says a man wants to rent the P.H. Farm but is unwilling to pay the terms requested. Describes two sermons she heard. Wants him to look in the study for letters which Uncle Bushrod says must be there.
A.L.S. To Mount Vernon. Writes with suggestions for the furniture and carpet at Mount Vernon. She specifically mentions the “little drawing room,” “parlor,” “front passage,” “little room,” and “old dining room.” Fears she shall be left more largely in debt than ever yet been. A Dutch farmer wants to rent P. Hole farm.
A.L.S. To Mount Vernon. Gives some financial information. “If the work is all finished at Mount Vernon both Harry and Fanny had better come but if there is still any thing for Fanny to do, she can remain.” Requests items to be brought up, including lemons and oranges. Family news, including that Uncle Bushrod remains confined to his couch.
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. She has not heard from him. Ordered various building supplies. Financial times are very difficult and strict economy is necessary. Will send him some of her horses until his can be matched. Since Mary Jane is sick, Fanny should return to care for her. “Remember me most kindly to my Old Jenny and West.”
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. She has not been feeling well at all lately. Has heard from Cousin Lorenzo Lewis that Augustine looks very well. She would have liked to have heard that from him or his wife. “The servants are becoming more and more worthless and disobedient. I really find it very difficult to govern them, or to have the most necessary domestic work attended to with any regularity.” Family news. Wants him to send Harry up before harvest.
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. She’s glad to hear that he and Nelly are doing so well. Much family news. “Remember me very kindly to my good and faithful Jenny and Harry, also West and Eliza.”
A.L.S. Bath to Blakeley. She is in Bath for the waters. It is very crowded, and all the houses are full. Heard two good sermons but then was ill again.
A.L.S. To Mount Vernon. She is concerned about poor Jenny and hopes the operation will give her a better chance of recovery. Many family members are ill. Another description of a sermon she heard.
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. She tells of travel difficulties. Relates some gossip. Made a deal for some provisions, but nothing has been delivered. She advanced the man $150. Family news.
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. Lots of news about family and friends. Also mentions Hannah and Rebecca being still invalids and that Thomas has again gone to Maryland. “The boys have bought a wagon and two or three servants.”
A.L.S. Mount Vernon. She wants to know if certain lawyers are in Alexandria or Washington. Also wishes to subscribe to the Audubon works and asks him to see to that.
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. She has been anxious at not hearing from him. Wants him to send the rent check for $500 as soon as possible. Wants him to send the fish via the Misses Moore’s boats on the canal. Mentions the subject of Julia’s purchase. Family and friend news. Additional page following receipt of his letter. Sorry the fishery has been unsuccessful. Due to drought the strawberries gave poor yield.
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. She received the check from him. His carpenter is unwilling to go to Mount Vernon before late next autumn due to the climate there. Has tried to find out why the fish and shingles he was to send have not been found on the wharves for the Misses Moore’s boats to bring.
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. She is busy with pork business and will send two barrels of hams and one of lard. Complains about his brother and his wife coming without replying to her as to when they would arrive. Says her health is very infirm.
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. Thanks him for the articles send, including oysters and ducks. Discusses sale of corn and is keeping some back to get a better price in the spring. Gives family news and that Captain Symington “is stationed at H.F. where the government intends having erected barracks for him.” Discusses the benefits of religion. Wants him to give a “piece of old bacon/shoulders to West, Jenny and Phill.”
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. Lengthy discussion of the purchase of a house by Dr. Alexander and his sister. The finances of this are described.
A.L.S. To Mount Vernon. Discusses a few financial matters. “Hannah was sick & soon gave birth to a still born infant a boy. It was a mercy the event occurred for decomposition had commenced.” People are still getting sick with scarlet fever.
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. Describes the symptoms and illness with scarlet fever of Julia. She will be unable to attend Jane Davis’s wedding. “I have been in a most unsettled state for a long time. It seems difficult to get my family matters and business settled into any regular method again.”
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. Julia Alexander died from scarlet fever. Others are also ill. She will not come to Mount Vernon for fear of bringing the disease with her and wants him to collect rents due her and pay various bills from that and send the rest to her.
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. Discussion of finances and sale of stock. Gives medical advice to him for various people. Tells of recent election – not more than half of either party voted. Uncle Bushrod is going to Maryland to attend a meeting of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company.
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. She has “the severest attack of Influenza I have had for two years.” Kitty has discarded Lt. Hooe due to his poor conduct. Describes drought conditions badly affecting crops.
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. Have had much sickness. “Thompson, Jerry and Mingo laid up; in consequence of which George is driving the wagon… Am now endeavoring to save what apples remain on the trees and prepare winter clothing for the servants.” Wants him to come visit.
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. Have had an unusual degree of sickness. “Poor old Mingo is thought to be dying!... Berkeley, Jerry, and Thompson are still on the sick list.” Tells of death of a neighbor who shot himself by accident as he was mounting his horse. Is unable to bring the wheat to the mill as the mill was “dangerously full.” Describes a difficult journey by his aunt. At end “Mingo is Dead.”
A.L.S. To Mount Vernon. Tells him Col. and Mrs. Davenport intend to visit him at Mount Vernon. Wants them to entertain them well. Discusses politics – “the great question of Annexation.” Mr. Rivers’ speech was a great production. “He feels as we do, the waning power of our once great & noble state.”
A.L.S. Blakeley to Mount Vernon. She returned from a ride feeling quite well again. Describes a beautiful snowfall. “I am sorry to hear you have still sickness among your servants. It is also the case here, new cases constantly occuring. The Dr. has been a daily visiter with the exception of two or three days. Milly’s youngest child is now ill.” Describes the death of his cousin. Other family news.