George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Burwell Bassett, 1 June 1785

From Burwell Bassett

Wilton 1 June 1785

Dear Sir

Your favour of the 23 of may is now before me I most sincearly return you my thanks for the offer you made Fanny[.] Majr Washington had my permisson to pay his addresses to Fanny & from my long acquantance with him I have no reason to alter the good opinion I ever entertain of him I think myself they had better put of there intended marriage till they return from the springs where I intend going up with Fanny the last of this month but if Mrs Washington should be of a different opinion, & Fanny health will permit of her being married I then shall have know objection to it, I will endeavour to be at M. Vernon about the 25 of this month,1 I must beg you’ll present my best Complements to Mrs Washington I am Dear Sir yr affect. Freind & Obt Hble Servt

Burl Bassett


1Bassett arrived at Mount Vernon with his sons Burwell (1764–1841) and John (1766–1826) on 22 June. Bassett himself left on 8 July; the two younger Bassetts left the next day with George Augustine Washington for the springs in Botetourt County. George Augustine Washington and Fanny Bassett were not married until October (see note 3, GW to Bassett, 23 May).

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