From Elizabeth Foote Washington
Hay-Field [Va.] octo. 26th 1793.
Docter Stuarts stay here was so short the other day & he appear’d to be in such hast to be gone, that mr Washington apprehends he may not have been so circumstantial in his detail of Mr Washingtons case as is necessary, for the cancer Docter to form his judgment on, therefore we have taken the liberty to trouble you with another, as you were so good to mention to mr Washington when you were here, that if he would state his case that you would get mr Dandridge or some other to apply to the Docter respecting it. mr Washingtons objection to going to Pennsylvania or any where from home, arises from his want of eye-sight, & if the Medicine to be given is any ways violent in its operation it affects mr Washingtons nerves in such a degree, that he requires much quiet & not the least noise, for he has already taken so much Medicine during this unfortunate disease—that we are almost alarm’d at the thoughts of giving him any violent medicine at all, indeed several times in his weak state he fell down in all appearence dead, & I fear’d never to recover. am Sir with great esteem your very Hle Sert