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Letter, Burgess Ball to George Augustine Washington, 1785 January 10

 Item — Box: 9, Folder: 1785.01.10
Identifier: A-680

Scope and Contents

A.L.S. 2 pages. Can write oftener now--post leaves regularly--everyone sick--Miss Butler Thornton died of sore throat--Fanny's health improved by nursing George--sending Betsy to Fredericksburg for education--[Fanny is his wife and G.A.W.'s sister]--house not finished--has partnership in store at Germana--hopes to complete mills by winter next year--advises G.A.W. to build store or warehouses on his land--" ... anythg. is preferable to an Estate in Land and negroes, which are not only unprofitable, but vexatious and troublesome"--should sell land for certificates--Col. [Wm.] Washington wrote that G.A.W. was well. Autograph letter signed, integral cover, laminated, docketed by G. A. W.Name on original manuscript appears as "B. Ball".


  • 1785 January 10


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