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Letter, to Frances Bassett Washington, 1791 August 29

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 1791.08.29
Identifier: A-680.34

Scope and Contents

The significance of this letter to Martha’s niece Fanny is the mention of several specific slaves in the Presidential household. Martha complains about the sewing work of Charlotte and Caroline and gives her condolences regarding Giles, an enslaved coach driver who was apparently injured in an accident. She also mentions Hercules, the enslaved Washington cook who several years later would run away from the household. Misdated as '1790.' Autograph letter signed, 3 pages.


  • Creation: 1791 August 29


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From the Collection: 1.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Series: English