One of only two extant examples of correspondence from Martha Washington to George Washington, Martha penned this six line postscript with news and greetings on the second page of a letter from Lund Washington to George on March 30, 1767. While brief, Martha's note reveals their warm, respectful relationship and she affectionately addresses him, "My Dearest" in the same manner as he addresses her in the June 23, 1775, letter also in the Mount Vernon collection (See MS-252). At George's request, Martha burned nearly all of their correspondence before her death, thus the survival of this overlooked postscript is remarkable.

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Date

March 30, 1767


People


Geography

  • Written - United States

Material/Technique

Irongall ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall ((including mend)): 9 7/8 in. x 7 5/8 in. (25.08 cm x 19.37 cm)
Other (image): 9 7/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. (25.08 cm x 18.1 cm)


Credit

Gift: Jess and Grace Pavey Fund, 2002
Conservation courtesy of Mrs. Roslyn D. Young, Jr.


Marks

Verso, above center, to left of Lund's signature, in brown ink: We have 23 Lambs at D. Run / 21 at muddy Hole 53 at home / & 40 some odd in the neck


Signed

Verso, above center, in brown ink: I am Dr Sir / Your Very Humble Servt / Lund Washington
Verso, bottom left, in brown ink: Your Most Affectionate / Martha Washington


Object Number

MS-5704


Colors


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