George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Betty Washington Lewis, 13 April 1794

From Betty Washington Lewis

April 13th 1794

My Dear Brother

Your letter of the 30th of march came safe to hand,1 I should of acknowledg’d the receipt of it before this had it not been Owing to my haveing a very severe Ague and fever which Confin’d me to the House for a fortnight, a Complaint tho subject to in the fall, I never had in the spring of the Year before this, it has reduc’d me very much but thank God I am now able to see after my Busness again.

I have now My Dear Brother to thank you for your kind Preasent of a Mule, as you think it best to send in the Fall I shall defer it till that time,2 I am very happy to here that you all keep your Helths, as it is reported here that some Dye in that Sitty at this time of that fever which Rag’d there last Fall3 I hope it is not true, Harriot got her money safe for which she is mutch Ooblig’d to you,4 she Joines me in Love and Best wish’s for you and all our Friends. I am Dear Brother Your Affcte Sister

Betty Lewis

ALS, ViMtvL.

1GW’s letter to his sister of 30 March has not been identified.

2For the request of a mule, see Betty Washington Lewis to GW, 23 March. On the selection of a specific mule to be sent, see GW’s second letter to William Pearce of 28 Sept. (ViMtvL).

3On the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia during the late summer and fall of 1793, which did not return in spring 1794, see n.19 of GW to Howell Lewis, 25 Aug. 1793.

4For Harriot Washington’s request for money, see her letter to GW of 24 March.

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