George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Elizabeth Watkins, 11 July 1778

To Elizabeth Watkins

[Paramus, N.J.] Saturday July 11th 1778.

Genl Washington presents his respectful compliments to Miss Watkins, and offers his grateful thanks for her curious present of a laurel wreath, which he shall wear, with great pleasure in remembrance of the fair giver.

The Genl was not honord with the receipt of Miss Watkinss favor till yesterday afternoon which will apologize for his delay in the acknowledgmt.

AL (facsimile), Van Rensselaer, Annals of the Van Rensselaers description begins Maunsell Van Rensselaer. Annals of the Van Rensselaers in the United States, Especially as They Relate to the Family of Killian K. Van Rensselaer, Representative from Albany in the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Congresses. Albany, 1888. description ends , facing p. 147. Elizabeth Watkins (d. 1846) was a daughter of John Watkins, formerly of the West Indies and then of Harlem Heights, N.Y., who was residing at Paramus, N.J., during the British occupation of New York City. In 1792 she married Robert Henry Dunkin of Philadelphia.

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