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Martha Washinton updates Mary Lear about the health of her family, 1800

Martha Washinton updates Mary Lear about the health of her family, 1800

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Mary Lear was Tobias Lear's mother. Contains much news of the Mount Vernon estate. "[A]ll my family whites, and Blacks, have been very sick, many of them very ill. -- Thank god they have all recovered again and I was so fortunate as not loose [sic] any of them --[.]"
Mary Lear was Tobias Lear's mother. Contains much news of the Mount Vernon estate. "[A]ll my family whites, and Blacks, have been very sick, many of them very ill. -- Thank god they have all recovered again and I was so fortunate as not loose [sic] any of them --[.]"

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Martha Washington to Mary Lear
Mount Vernon, Virginia, 11 November 1800.Autograph letter signed, 2 pages + address leaf, free frank.[
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]Mount Vernon November 11
th
1800My Dear Madam – I received your kind letter of september the 8
th
– a few days ago – it gives me pleasure tofind by it, that you were in good health – we have had an uncommon sickly autumn; all myfamily whites, and Blacks, have been very sick, many of them very ill – thank god they have allrecovered again and I was so fortunate as not loose [
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] any of them – as to myself – I have always one complaint or another – I never expect to be well as longas I live in this world – M
Lear is tolerable well and for the present talks of setting him self down at his farm hecomes often to see me – The Boys are very well, I am told lincoln is a very cleaver Boy and learns his book verywell – the three Boy live in Charles Town they are borded thair and have a very good school &master [
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] school M
Lear thinks – The Boys has had very good health ever since they went intothat back country – Maria is with her aunt Hammond – who is a second mother to her – I am toldthat she is a very fine child – I have not seen her since she first went up the country – I have longwished to see her but it has been thought improper to take her fom school – I with much pleasure send you the hair you [
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were] so obliging desired and shall be always [
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:ready] to give you any information I can [that] will contribute to your happy ness – with much esteem and regardI am dr madam your affectionate FriendMartha WashingtonFree
The Gilder Lehrman Collection
GLC02794.044

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