A caring and involved father, George Washington wrote this letter to his stepson's tutor, the Reverend Jonathan Boucher. In it he instructs his ward's tutor to enroll John Parke Custis with a particular dancing master. Written from Mount Vernon on April 24, 1769, Washington states, "In respect to the Dancing Gentry, I am glad to find you have such choice of them, …Newman...I have heard him well spoken of as a teacher in that Science…you will be so good therefore Sir to enter Mastr Custis with Mr. Newman for a year or otherwise, as he may form his School."


April 24, 1769



  • Written - United States


Ink, laid paper, residue from red wax seal


Overall (closed silking): 8 in. x 6 5/8 in. (20.32 cm x 16.83 cm)
Other (closed image): 8 in. x 6 3/8 in. (20.32 cm x 16.19 cm)
Other (open): 8 in. x 13 1/4 in. (20.32 cm x 33.66 cm)


Purchase, 1964


Fourth page (verso when closed), center, written perpendicular to interior text, in brown ink: Postage Paid / To / The Revd Jn. Boucher / In / Caroline
Fourth page (verso when closed), lower center, upside down in relation to interior text, in bleeding brown ink: April 24th / 1769


Second page, center right, in brown ink: Rev Sir Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt / Go Washington

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