Washington, Jane Charlotte Blackburn, 1786-1855
Found in 229 Collections and/or Records:
A.L.S. 2 pages. Mount Vernon. Encloses stock gilli seed ... will send Polianthus seeds and roots ... planning to board in Alexandria until late Mar ... sons at Howard School ... wants Maria to attend [Benjamin] Hallowell's school ... accepts offer of White fig and passion fruit ... will make every effort to keep up with MV without involving the children's estates ... Autograph letter signed, integral cover.
A.L.S. 2 pages. The portion of G.W.'s library remaining at Mt. V. is small, and they will not sell it--if necessary later, they prefer National Library--"In respect to the purchase of this place, dear cousin, by the U.S. Government. We still regard it as uncertain."--if G.C.W. and family accompany Eleanor to Bath, stop and see her at Blakeley [Jefferson Cty.] she goes there soon. Autograph letter signed, integral cover, black seal smeared (W).
A.L.S. 3 pages. Mount Vernon to University of Virginia. Jane writes her son on his 18th birthday. She tells him family events that have occurred. Informs him of the death of his neice Louisa. "The work here (Mt. Vernon) is much behind hand and crops the very little that can be seen, looks miserably. I shall endeavour to have the oyster shells hauled from the Shore as soon as they finish planting Corn."
A.L.S. to Mount Vernon. Jane writes in response to Augustine's letter dated March 7, 1842 that Gabriel Johnson, the enslaved man who ran away from Mount Vernon, has arrived at Jane's plantation. Jane writes, "Please come up without delay." Autograph letter signed with integral address panel.
Autograph letter signed. Jane writes to her son about Clark Mills's proposed statue of Washington, "which out government has at this late but fortunate time, determined on having." She also asks her granddaughter Louisa to write about her acquaintance with Washington Irving.
Autograph letter signed with envelope. Jane congratulates John Augustine and his wife Nelly on the birth of their son Lawrence Washington. She also writes about the murder of her relative, Thomas Blackburn. Blackburn was fatally stabbed by another student while a cadet at VMI in Lexington.
Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. Jane writes about John Augustine's studies and mentions that some of the family attended the inauguration of William Henry Harrison, where they were kindly received and "surprised and charmed with the grace and agreeableness of young Mrs. Harrison." She writes that the city was "swarmed with office seekers." She also writes that she received a "woful letter" from West Ford about the lack of long forage at Mount Vernon.
Autograph letter intialed with integral address panel. Jane writes about the baptism of John Augustine's daughter Louisa and other family news, including the sale of Selby by Hannah Lee Washington and the marriage of her son Richard to his cousin Christian Maria. She also writes about crops and finding a good overseer. She adds, "I am very sorry you cannot commence the repairs at [Mount Vernon] this autumn. The buildings are getting in ruinous condition."
Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. Delivered by James Mitchum (Jim Mitchell). Jane writes that Zion Episcopal Church in Charles Town has burned down.
A.L.S. 4 pages. Mount Vernon to Caledon near Hampstead. Personal letter updating her on family health and affairs.
A.L.S. 2 pages. Blakely to Mount Vernon. Inquires about family and business at Mount Vernon. "Mr. Skidmore has I suppose been down and repaired the Pillars and Colonades." Reminds him to collect rent from tenants.
Autograph letter signed. Mount Vernon. Jane writes to her son that she is at Mount Vernon settling accounts. She discusses family news and difficulties with postage.
Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. Sparks writes to Jane, "My Dear Madam, I am about to publish a series of American Biographies, and I should be glad to include in it a Life of Lawrence Washington, if the materials exist for writing such a Life. Have not his papers been preserved at Mount Vernon?...” A note on the address panel indicates this letter was forwarded to John Augustine Washington III to respond to.
Autograph letter signed, 4 p. Mount Vernon. Draft with corrections. Washington responds to a proposal from the Board of Commissioners authorized by an act of Congress to purchase the estate of Mount Vernon as a military asylum. Washington hopes to retain part of the estate as a residence for his family.
Letter from John Augustine Washington III to his mother mentioning his poor health, West Ford, an enslaved woman named Betty, and the state of affairs at Mount Vernon. A note to "Dearest Mother" is added on at the end of the letter by John Augustine's sister, Anna Maria Alexander.
A.L.S. Mount Vernon to Charlestown. John Augustine writes to his mother about Gabriel Johnson, an enslaved man who has run away. He suspects Gabriel has gone to Jefferson County, where Jane is. Autograph letter signed with integral address panel.
Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. John Augustine writes to his mother about ways of making more money at Mount Vernon, including erecting a tavern at the Gum Spring and allowing a steamboat company to run a ship to Mount Vernon for a fee. This will "avoid the inconvenience of a number of hacks, and having persons tampering with the servants."
Charlottesville to Charlestown. Needs her permission to take only 2 courses at university; wants to purchase mare, visited Aunt Judy.