To William Fitzhugh, Jr.
Philadelphia June 16th 1793
The China Bowl with which your good father was so obliging as to present me came safe and I beg you to assure him that I shall esteem it more as a memento of his friendship than from its antiquity or size.1
Not before the receipt of your letter dated the 24th of last month, had I heard of the death of Mrs Fitzhugh. on this melancholy event I pray you to both to accept my sincere condolance.
I also sincerely wish that the evening of his life, although at pres⟨en⟩t clouded ⟨&⟩ deprived of one of its greatest enjoyments, may be perfectly serene & happy: that you will contribute all in your power to make it so I have no doubt. With great esteem & regard I am—Dear Sir Your Most Obedt Servt
ADfS (photocopy), NN: Rosenbach Collection; LB, DLC:GW. The text in angle brackets is from the letter-book copy.
1. The bowl from William Fitzhugh, Sr., was accompanied by a letter from William Fitzhugh, Jr., to GW of 24 May 1793. This bowl may be included among the “5 China Jarrs” or other entries for china listed in the inventory of Mount Vernon that was filed at the Fairfax County Court on 20 Aug. 1810 (Prussing, Estate of George Washington description begins Eugene E. Prussing. The Estate of George Washington, Deceased. Boston, 1927. description ends , 410–48).