George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Martha Parke Custis Peter, 18 January 1797

Washington, New Jersey Avinue Jany 18th 1797

Dear and Honrd Sir.

In the last letter I received from Grandmama, she mentioned your having said you would give me A silver Tea Pot, and Bowl.

I should be ungratful did I not take the earliest opportunity of thanking you for your goodness, in granting my request.

Be assured dear Sir I am very sensible of the many obligations you have confered on me, & hope I shall ever be grateful, for them.

I am at present with Sister Law, who I daily expect to present me with A Neice, or Nephew.

Mr Law is as great an enthusiast about this part of the City as ever. there is at present A greater appearance of business, than in any other: Mr Barry has two Ovens, always at work making biscuit for Ships, & he finds that he can have employment for four.

Mr Peircy is dig-ing the foundation for his Sugar House, & Mr Law talks of joining with several others in erecting A distillery & Brew House.

Papa dined here to day, he says,, Mama is better, & is now able to go out of her room, but still has her Agues, every 3d day.

I have been prevented writing to day by company, untill it is now time to send the letters to the office. you will ther’fore excuse this letter not being longer, although I am afraid you will think it sufficiently long.

Sister, & Mr Law, & Mr Peter join me in respectful love to you, & Grandmama, love to Nelly. With the greatest respect, & Affection I remain Dr Sir, what I ever was, your Grand Daughter

Martha Peter.

P.S. I have just received A 2d letter from Grandmama but have not time to answer it this post.

MH: Sparks Transcripts.

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