George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jonathan Boucher, 20 October 1768

To Jonathan Boucher

Octr 20th, 1768.

This Letter will be delivered to you by Jacky Custis,1 who has been detained from School longer than was intended, owing first to his own ill health, and then to his Mamma’s; who did not care to part with him till she had got the better of an Indisposition which confined her some days. He now promises to stick close to his Book, and endeavour by diligent study to recover his lost time—he will have nothing (that we know of) to interupt him till the intervention of the Christmas Hollidays, when you will please to give him leave to return home. Revd Sir Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt

Go Washington.

Printed in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine, May 1889, 726.

1After leaving Mount Vernon on 19 Oct. with John Parke Custis, GW was held up by rain for a day at Col. Henry Lee’s Leesylvania and did not reach Fredericksburg until 21 October. See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:100–101.

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