To Mary Ball Washington
[Winchester, 6 May 1755]
To Mrs Washington
I came to this place last Saturday,2 and shall set out to morrow with the General for Wills Creek; where I fear we shall wait some time for a sufficient number of Waggons to transport
us over the Mountains.
I am very happy in the Generals Family,
as I am treated with a complaisant Freedom which is quite agreeable; so that I have no reason to doubt the satisfaction I propos’d , in making the Campaigne.3
As we have met with nothing yet worth relating I shall only beg my Love to my Brother’s and Sister’s;4 and Compliments to Friends. I am Honour’d Madam Yr most Dutiful & Obedt Son
LB (original), DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.
2. 3 May 1755.
4. Of GW’s brothers only the youngest, Charles, was living with his mother at Ferry Farm. Samuel lived east of Fredericksburg in the Chotank area of Stafford (now King George) County, and John Augustine was at Mount Vernon. His half brother Augustine resided at Pope’s Creek in Westmoreland County. GW’s sister Betty lived in Fredericksburg with her husband Fielding Lewis, who as GW’s brother-in-law was included in the term “Brother’s,” just as Samuel’s wife Jane Champe Washington, Augustine’s wife Anne Aylett Washington, and Lawrence’s widow Ann Lee were in the term “Sister’s.”