George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 2 October 1773]

2. Set of on my return home. Dined at Marlborough & lodged at home. Mr. Custis coming with me.

The town of Upper Marlboro was frequently called Marlboro.

Jacky Custis, who had left King’s College to return home for a holiday, evidently met GW in Annapolis. He carried with him highly laudatory letters from Dr. Cooper and from John Vardill, one of his tutors. Vardill wrote that Jacky “has discover’d a remarkable purity of Morals . . . [and] has with such constancy devoted himself to his Studies, as to give us the surest ground to expect that he will hereafter attain to that excellence which his natural powers render him capable of” (20 Sept. 1773, DLC:GW). Dr. Cooper wrote GW that Jacky’s “Assiduity hath been equal to his Rectitude of principle; and it is hoped his Improvements in Learning have not been inferior to either” (20 Sept. 1773, DLC:GW).

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