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Letter, Jane Charlotte Blackburn Washington to John Augustine Washington III, 1838 November 1

 Item — Box: 62, Folder: 1838.11.01
Identifier: 2017-SC-008-015

Scope and Contents

Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. Mount Vernon to the University of Virginia. Jane writes to her son about work taking place at Mount Vernon, where she has spent almost all of $800 she brought down with her. She reports that Skidmore has "finished the large room which is now to be plastered and painted." Mr. Ball has nearly finished the stables, and West Ford is still engaged with the enclosures. She writes of Mount Vernon , "The dear old place will be more comfortable and decent in appearance, than we have known in years - but it draws deeply on a limited income to make it so." She also includes information on other enslaved peoples, Sambo, Levi and Gabriel.


  • 1838 November 1


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From the Collection: 22.25 Linear Feet

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington Repository

PO Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121