From George Washington Parke Custis
Annapolis [Md.] June 11th 1798
⟨mutilated⟩ transmitted my last letter to you1 by the way of a gentleman who was going to Baltimore that it might arrive a little sooner and quiet your mind on the subject which you mentioned in yours preceeding viz.—on the subject of expence, if however it did not arrive I will in my next if you please transmit the same detail.
The class which I joined have at length finished their course of Collegiate studies and I have read with them Rownings Natural Philosophy twice, Paleys moral ethics and Watts Logic together with Geography & am now reading Euclid as directed by Papa.2
I have lately heard from an intimate friend and confidant of young Mr Carrolls (tho without the least enquiry or hint on my part) that he meant to address my Sister shortly; this I only communicate as a peice of information perhaps worth knowing. Nothing has transpired since my last I conclude therefore with wishing you all health happiness and prosperity and am sincerely and affectionately Your
G. W. P. Custis
ALS, ViHi: Custis Papers. The salutation and first words have been cut out of the letter.
1. GW evidently had not received Custis’s letter of 20 May when he wrote to him on 13 June.
2. The books mentioned are A Compendious System of Natural Philosophy by John Rowning (1701–1771), published in two parts at Cambridge in 1734–36; The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy by William Paley (1743–1805), published in Dublin and London in 1795; and Logick: or, The Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry after Truth by Isaac Watts (1674–1748), published in London in 1725. All three books went through numerous later editions.