George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Benjamin Fendall, 10 August 1799

From Benjamin Fendall

Cedar-Hill [Charles County, Md.] Augt 10th [17]99

Dr Sir

Within this Day, or two, I found myself, so much relieved, from my long continued, & painful illness, though I use my left arm, with some difficulty, as to be enabled, to finish Mrs Washingtons Teeth, and you’ll receive them, safe, I hope, by my Servant. They are—as nearly as I can now, recollect—like the old ones—As there are so many ways, to make, & shape Teeth—’twou’d be almost impossible, to make ’em, exactly alike—after some time, without having the old ones present. The Model I took, has, also, by accident, sustain’d some injury. I am extremely sorry, indeed, yr Lady has been obliged to wait so long—owing to my long absence from home and my Illness, after I had arriv’d at Cedar-Hill.1 I wish you, & Mrs Washington, to have every conviction within yourselves, I ever will, with promptitude, and with pleasure, serve you both when ever you may choose to Command me—if in my power, and I fondly flatter myself, youll both deem my excuse to be sufficiently admissible—at this Time.2 Please to present my most Respectful Compts to Mrs Washington, & believe me, Dr Sir Yrs, with due respect,

B: Fendall

ALS, DLC:GW. “By John” is written on the cover.

1Dr. Fendall was at Mount Vernon in December 1797, and on 6 Mar. 1798 GW wrote Fendall that Mrs. Washington had been long in “want” of the teeth that Fendall had taken away “unfinished.” See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:271–72.

2Fendall appended a receipt dated 10 Aug., which reads: “To making 4 artificial Teeth with an Enamel for Mrs W——n Twenty Eight Dollars which, if the

Genl chooses—he can enclose me by my Sert John—Then re[ceive]d the above in full. B. Fendall.” An entry for 8 Aug. in GW’s cash accounts, Ledger C description begins General Ledger C, 1790–1799. Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, N.J. description ends , 53, reads: “By Doct. Fendal sent by his man John pr his order $28 gave his man $1—[$]29.”

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