To Betty Washington Lewis and Sarah Carlyle Herbert
Philad. April 26th 1792.
Dear Sister & Dear Madam,
Mr James Robardet,1 who has taught my two Grand children dancing, proposes going into your part of the Country to establish a School, if he should meet with sufficient encouragement, and has requested that I would give him a line of recommendation to some of my friends. Mr Robardet’s attention to my grand children, and the progress which they have made under his instruction, induce me to recommend him on these accounts from my own knowledge: He has likewise kept a dancing School in this City the winter past—in which I am informed he has given much satisfaction, and his conduct has been marked with decency & propriety, so far as I have heard.
Sarah (Sally) Carlyle Herbert was the wife of Alexandria, Va., merchant William Herbert and a frequent visitor to Mount Vernon.
1. James Robardet apparently moved from New York City to Philadelphia sometime in the early 1790s and gave dance lessons to Eleanor Parke Custis and George Washington Parke Custis.