From Harriot Washington
Mt Vernon November 28 91
I with pleasure sit down, to inform my dear Uncle, that I recieved his kind, an[d] affectionate letter this day fortnight;1 I was very sensible, of your kindness in giving me such good advice, and shall try to profit, by it as much as I can, I know very well, the obligations I am under, to you and I am very thankful for your care and attention to me. Cousin and the Major are a going down the country in two or three weeks, and to stay untill the spring, I am going to stay at Cousin Lee’s, and when Cousin returns, I intend to assist her in keeping house, Mrs Stuart is still here, Cousin and all the rest of the family are well at present.2
If you please to give my love, to Aunt Washington Nelly and Washington. I am My dear Uncle Your affectate Neice
2. “Cousin and the Major” were Frances Bassett Washington and her husband George Augustine Washington. “Cousin Lee’s” was Park Gate in Prince William County, Va., the home of Thomas and Mildred Washington Lee (c.1760-1796), who were married in 1788 (see John Augustine Washington to GW, 4 April 1784, n.2, Thomas Lee to GW, 20 July 1789, source note).