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Letter, Bushrod Washington Jr. to Edward Shippen Burd, 1806 January 14

 Item — Box: 40, Folder: 1806.01.14
Identifier: 2018-SC-025

Scope and Contents

Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. Bushrod writes about spending Christmas in Dumfries by invitation of "very fine girls," although his trip was cut short when his father came down with gout. He also gives news of the Federal City, which is "thronged with beautiful girls and other strangers," including "a number of Turks and Indians." He shares an anecdote about the Turkish ambassador asking Thomas Jefferson for "six wives" and writes about a dinner hosted aboard a frigate by Jefferson for a group of Native American men. Bushrod also writes of the rising power of Napoleon in France and about the Carters of Philadelphia.


  • 1806 January 14


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3 pages ; 25 x 21 cm, folded

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections at The George Washington Presidential Library at Mount Vernon Repository

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Mount Vernon VA 22121