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To George Washington from George Washington Parke Custis, 12 March 1798

From George Washington Parke Custis

Annapolis [Md.] March 12 [1798]

Dearest sir

I arrived here in due season after a very agreable journey; I found all my relations well and Annapolis a very pleasant place. I visited the principle inhabitants while the Doctor was here and found them all very kind—Mr McDowell is a very good and agreable man he has examined me and I am now pursuing Natural Philosophy and hope to destinguish myself in that branch as well as others Arithmetic I have likewise reveiwed and shall enter immediately on the French language with the Professor here—I was so fortunate as to get in with a Mrs Brice a remarkable clever woman with whom I live very well and contented,1 There are several very clever young men boarding in this house with whom I assosiate and who are very friendly and agreable The mail is going and I have only to add that I have constantly in mind your virtuous precepts which I hope to benefit by and am Most sincerely and affectionately Your Dutifull

G. W. P. Custis

ALS, ViHi: Custis Papers.

1Mrs. Brice was Juliana Jennings Brice (c.1764–1837), daughter of Thomas and Juliana Jennings and wife of Col. James Brice (1746–1801), who later died mysteriously in their Annapolis house, built in 1740 by her father (Jackson, Annapolis, description begins Elmer Martin Jackson, Jr. Annapolis. Annapolis, c.1936. description ends 152).

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