George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Burgess Ball, Sr., 31 August 1797

From Burgess Ball, Sr.

Berkeley [County] 31st Aug: 1797

Dear sir,

This will be handed to you by Capt. Washington. I have lately been apply’d to by Mr Chs Carter (who was a Fellow Student with my Son Burges who died with the Fever in Philadelphia) for a Ballance due him for monies paid for my Son. Since his application I’ve found a Letter of his acknowledging the rect of money from Mr Dandridge, & mentioning that “he had then paid off the last Accot.” I think in the year 94 I drew an order on you for 25 dollars. I shall be obliged to you if you’ll send me by Capt. W: the Rect, or a Memdm thereof, as I’ve reason to think the young Gent, inclines to impose upon me.1 I came here abt ten days ago wth my Family, in hopes to receive some benifit from the change of Air, but, I find my Health worse; and as the Weather is so dry, I’m going to try if I can get any from the Sulphur Springs. Fanny goes Home for a few days to see how things are going on there.2 There has been a dry spell on the Corn, and without rain very soon, the Crops will be greatly curtail’d. The Old Lady here has been very sick, but is mending a little.3 With best Wishes for you & yours, I am Dr sir Yr Affect. Hbe servt

B: Ball


1Samuel Washington arrived at Mount Vernon from Berkeley County on 12 Sept. (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:256). Young Burgess Ball, Jr. (d. 1793) studied medicine with Dr. James Hutchinson in Philadelphia at the same time that Charles Landon Carter was there (see Carter to GW, 2 June, n.1). Ball died in Philadelphia during the yellow fever epidemic of 1793.

2Fanny was Ball’s second wife. She was Frances Washington Ball, daughter of GW’s brother Charles Washington and sister of Samuel Washington.

3“The Old Lady” was Frances Washington Ball’s mother, Mildred Thornton Washington, wife of Charles Washington and daughter of Francis and Frances Gregory Thornton of Spotsylvania County.

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