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Letter, Elizabeth Powel to Hannah Washington, 1783 April 17

 Item — Box: 8, Folder: 1783.04.17
Identifier: A-543.2

Scope and Contents

A.L.S. 3 pages. Retained copy. "Judge Bushrod Washington to whose Mother this letter is addressed very largely won the esteem of my Aunt. I remember him well, as when holding court in Phila. he always dined on Sundays with her. I was always taken there to dine on Sunday too as a child. Thus I remember my father delighted to teaze my aunt by saying Wright's picture of Genl. Washington was badly painted, when she invariably appealed to Judge Washington who always sustained her in asserting it was an admirable likeness." Although she has never met [Mrs. H. Washington,] she writes telling her of the esteem in which she holds her son Bushrod--gives character of Bushrod, uncorrupted despite luxurious atmosphere of Phila.--Bushrod very naive about reading character.Name on original manuscript appears as "Eliz. Powel".


  • 1783 April 17


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From the Collection: approx. 60 Linear Feet

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