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Copy of the last will and testament of Hannah Bushrod Washington, approximately 1801

 Item — Box: 3, Folder: 21

Scope and Contents

A manuscript copy of the last will and testament of Hannah Bushrod Washington, in which she specifies that her body be left out until it putrefies so that she is not buried alive. In her will, Hannah specifies that West Ford, the son of an enslaved woman named Venus, should be inoculated from smallpox, apprenticed to a tradesman, and freed at the age of twenty-one.

Dates

  • approximately 1801

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research during scheduled appointments. Researchers must complete the Washington Library’s Special Collections and Archives Registration Form before access is provided. The library reserves the right to restrict access to certain items for preservation purposes.

Extent

8 pages

Language of Materials

English

Repository Details

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

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