Adams Papers

Martha Washington to Abigail Adams, 25 January 1791

Martha Washington to Abigail Adams

Tuesday morning January 25 [1791]

Mrs Washington, presents her compliments to Mrs Adams,— if it is agreable to her, to Let miss smith come to dance with nelly & Washington, the master1 attends mondays wednesdays and Frydays at five oclock in the evenings— Mrs Washington will be very happy to see miss smith

RC (private owner; photocopy at ViMtvL); addressed: “Mrs Adams”; docketed: “Mrs Washington / to Mrs Adams.”

1Martha Washington’s grandchildren Eleanor Parke and George Washington Custis were receiving instruction from dancing master James Robardet. “Lately from Europe, but last from New-York,” Robardet offered classes in his studio or by appointment to “those Ladies or Gentlemen who wish to be instructed at their own houses” (Washington, Papers, Presidential Series description begins The Papers of George Washington: Presidential Series, ed. Dorothy Twohig, Mark A. Mastromarino, Jack D. Warren, Robert F. Haggard, Christine S. Patrick, John C. Pinheiro, and others, Charlottesville, 1987–. description ends , 10:321; Philadelphia American Daily Advertiser, 20 Jan.).

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