George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Fitzhugh, Jr., 24 May 1793

From William Fitzhugh, Jr.

Baltimore May 24th 1793

Dear Sir

My Father desires me to present you his most respectful & affectionate wishes—He begs your acceptance of a China Bowl which may possibly be novel from its size & antiquity—it being much older than himself—It has been very carefully packed up & he hopes it will reach you safe[.] My Father is now here on his way to Washington County—having determined to reside with me near Hagers Town—since the Loss of my Mother—an Event which took place the 24th March last[.]1 He unites with me in Compliments and best wishes to you Mrs Washington & Family. with perfect respect & regard I am Dr Sir Yr mst obedt & vry huml. Servt

Wm Fitzhugh Junr


1William Fitzhugh, Sr., a native of Stafford County, Va., had moved to Calvert County, Md., during the 1750s. William Fitzhugh, Jr. (1761–1839), currently lived at his estate, The Hive, near Hagerstown, in Washington County, Maryland. During the Revolutionary War he served in the 3d Continental Dragoons 1779–83 (William Fitzhugh, Sr., to GW, 31 Mar. 1784). He later moved to New York State, where he invested in a 100–acre tract on which the present-day city of Rochester developed. His mother, Ann Peregrine Frisby Rousby Fitzhugh (1727–1793), was his father’s second wife. For GW’s receipt of this letter and the china bowl, see GW to William Fitzhugh, Jr., 16 June 1793.

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