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Washington, Martha (1731-1801) to Hannah S. Boudinot

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03909 Author/Creator: Washington, Martha (1731-1801) Place Written: Mount Vernon, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 15 January 1784 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writes about the pleasure of returning to domestic life after the termination of the Revolutionary War. Congratulates Boudinot on returning to her own home after a seven year exile and on the improved health of her daughter, Susan Boudinot. States, "The difficulties, and distresses to which we have been exposed during the war must now be forgotten. We must endevor to let our ways be the ways of pleasantness, and all our paths Peace." Mentions that she would love to have the Boudinots visit Mount Vernon as she has not the strength to undergo another journey. Comments on the health and welfare of her family and gives love to Boudinot's family.

People: Washington, Martha, 1731-1802.
Boudinot, Hannah Stockton, 1736-1808.
Bradford, Susan Boudinot, b. 1764.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Woman Author, Women's History, First Lady, Revolutionary War, Children and Family, Health and Medical, Mount Vernon, Entertaining and Hospitality

Sub Era: The War for Independence