George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Elizabeth Thompson, 10 October 1783

New York 10th October 1783


When I had the Honor of seeing your Excellency at Princeton, you desired that I should make out an Account for my Services in your Family to be laid before the Financier.

I came in to Your Excellency’s Service as Houskeeper in the Month of June 1776 with a zealous Heart to do the best in my Power. Although my Abilities had not the strength of my Inclinations Your goodness was pleased to approve and bear with me untill December 1781 when Age made it necessary for me to retire.

Your Bounty and goodness in that time bestowed upon me the Sum of £179.6.8 which makes it impossible for me to render an Account; my Service was never equal to what your Benevolence has thus rated them.

And being now in my Eightieth Year, should I ever want, which I hope will not be the Case, I will look up to Your Excellency for Assistance, where, I am sure I will not be disappointed. And that the Father of Mercies may pour on you his Choicest Blessings, shall ever be the Prayer of Your Excellency’s Old Devoted Servant

Elizabeth Thompson

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