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Letter, Burgess Ball to George Augustine Washington, 1785 April 11

 Item — Box: 9, Folder: 1785.04.11
Identifier: A-680.23

Scope and Contents

A.L.S. 3 pages. Spotsylvania City. His letter not received--death of his baby [George] of the humour in his head--" ... the old Lady (Mrs. Washington [Mary]) not long ago had a violent fall from her steps wch had nearly broke her arm. It is now getting so yd. she has some little use of it."--Col. Jno. Thronton will let G.A.W. have horse on good terms--rents--Capt. Callender expects him to draw upon him and his friends--goes to Sweet Springs if he can raise money--hopes to complete his race, dam and saw mill--all in Berkeley are well--will go there with Col. [Chas.] Washington--elections at Stafford--Garrett and Brent elected--Maj. Dick dead and John Lewis near death at Dr. [David] Stuart's--Miss Spriggs married Jno. Mercer and Brent to Miss Ambler. Autograph letter signed, integral cover, laminated, docketed by G.A.W., watermark (GR surmounted by crown and powder horn). Name on original manuscript appears as "B. Ball".


  • 1785 April 11


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