George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 19 June 1773]

19. At home all day. About five oclock poor Patcy Custis Died Suddenly.

GW wrote to Burwell Bassett 20 June that “yesterday removed the Sweet Innocent Girl into a more happy, & peaceful abode than any she has met with in the afflicted Path she hitherto has trod. She rose from Dinner about four Oclock, in better health and spirits than she appeared to have been in for some time; soon after which she was siezd with one of her usual Fits, & expired in it, in less than two Minutes without uttering a Word, a groan, or scarce a Sigh. This Sudden, and unexpected blow, I scarce need add has almost reduced my poor Wife to the lowest ebb of Misery” (20 June 1773, NNMM).

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