George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Parke Custis, 20 February 1774

From John Parke Custis

Mount Airy Feby 20th 1774

Hond Sir

How to express fully my Thankfulness, for the many kind Offers you have lately made Nelly & myself; I find great Loss of Words; and shall endeavour by my future Behaviour & Actions to testify the sincere & just Regard I entertain of them, it would give me great Uneasiness to lay under such irreparable Obligations, were I not confident that they proceeded from a Generous & disinterested Mind, and that the only returns required, were Effection and regard—both of which did not I posses in the highest Degree for You; I should look upon myself to be the most insensible & Ungrateful Being on Earth; and shall strenuously endeavour by my future Conduct, to merit a Continuance of your regard and Esteem.

I had resolv’d to send Joe over tomorrow, to enquire about your Healths, but the Arrival of Giles has agreably alter’d my Plan, and satisfied me in that Particular, about which I grew anxious. I shall dispatch Joe up to Annapolis tomorrow with your Letters, the Answers to which I shal forward to you, as soon as I receive them, which I hope will on Monday, & you will receive them on Tuesday.1

All the Family present their respectful Complements & return Thanks; for your kind Enquiry after their Healths they are all well, & expect to see you on Tuesday 1[s]t of March, if the Weather permits. Nelly joins me in Love to Mamma & Yourself, and am with true regard & Effection your much oblig’d

John Parke Custis


1One of the letters GW sent to Custis for forwarding may have been his letter of this date to Thomas Johnson.

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