George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Elizabeth Willing Powel, 3 December 1798

From Elizabeth Willing Powel

Market Street [Philadelphia] Decemr 3d 1798

My dear Sir

I have the Pleasure to send the Book of Prints that you were so obliging as to accept from your Friend. I have also taken the liberty to add a few that I admire on a presumption that the Mind capable of tracing with Pleasure the military Progress of the Hero whose Battles they delineate will also have the associate Taste and admire fine representations of the Work of God in the human Form.1

As you wish to take Miss Custis a Testimonial of your recollection of her, I really know not of any Thing more appropriate at this Season, than a fashionable Muff & Tippet; and such may be procured for less than Thirty Dollars, a Pattern of Muslin for a Dress such as you would choose to present will I find cost Sixty dols. at least—a Pattern for a half or undress may be bought for 23 dols.; but let me know what will be most agreeable to you and I will purchase it with Pleasure and pack it up in a manner the least inconvenient for you.2

I hope you have suffered no inconvenience from your long unpleasant Walk in the Rain on Sunday last. My best wishes ever attend you as I am always Your sincere Affectionate Friend

Eliza. Powel


1For references to prints in GW’s library at the time of his death, see Griffin, Boston Athenæum Washington Collection, description begins Appleton P.C. Griffin, comp. A Catalogue of the Washington Collection in the Boston Athenæum. Cambridge, Mass., 1897. description ends 561–65.

2For further correspondence regarding Mrs. Powel’s purchase of presents for GW to give to Eleanor Parke Custis, Mrs. Washington, and little Eliza Law, see GW to Elizabeth Willing Powel, 4, 7 Dec., and Mrs. Powel to GW, 7 December.

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