George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Captain George Lewis, 3 May 1778

To Captain George Lewis

Valley Forge, May 3, 1778.

Dear George:

I should be glad if you would let the inclosed go by a safe hand, as it is to thank Mr. Turner for an elegant pair of pistols and furniture which he obligingly made me a present of. I do not know where to direct to him, but believe he lives somewhere on Rappahannock, either near Leeds or above it. He is the son of Harry Turner, and I think married the sister of Captain Fauntleroy. I would not have the letter miscarry.1

Mrs. Washington desires, if you meet Custis at or beyond Baltimore, you will desire him to bring her some oranges, which it is said are in plenty at that place. I am, yr. affect.

G. Washington.

Richmond Enquirer, 4 May 1858; ALS, sold by George D. Smith, 1901, item no. 287.

1See Thomas Turner to GW, 22 March, and GW to Turner, 25 April. Thomas Turner and his wife, Jane Fauntleroy Turner (b. 1749), lived at Walsingham and Smith’s Mount near Leedstown, on the Rappahannock River about 27 miles southeast of Fredericksburg, in what is now Westmoreland County, Virginia. His father, Harry Turner (c.1714–1751), was clerk of King George County from 1742 until his death and served in the House of Burgesses in 1742 and 1744–49.

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