Writing from Mount Vernon just a few months after his marriage, George Washington sends an envoy to pick up a chestnut mare purchased by his new brother-in-law, Colonel Burwell Bassett. To Henry Churchill he states, "I was in hopes we should have had the pleasure of seeing you at Mount Vernon in yo[ur] way up - Mrs. Washington (who joins in her Compliments) impeaches you of a breach of promise in failure of this, and I don't know a better method of attonement, than coming soon and doubling the intended time of stay."

This letter is published in W. W. Abbot, ed., THE PAPERS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON: COLONIAL SERIES, vol. 6 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1988), 338. More

Date

August 9, 1759


People


Geography

  • Written - United States

Material/Technique

Ink, laid paper, red wax seal


Dimensions

Overall (open): 9 in. x 14 1/2 in. (22.86 cm x 36.83 cm)
Other (closed): 9 in. x 7 1/4 in. (22.86 cm x 18.42 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1981


Marks

Verso, center of page, in brown ink:
To / Colo. Henry Churchhill / In / Fauquier County


Signed

Recto, at end of letter, in brown ink:
I am sir / Yr Most Obedt. Servt. / Go. Washington


Object Number

MS-4524


Colors


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