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Peter family papers RM.1186

Peter family papers RM.1186


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Special Collections at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

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Mount Vernon, VA 22121
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Repository
Special Collections at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
Identification
RM.1186
Title
Peter family papers 1772-1932
Quantity
12 Linear Feet, 46 boxes
Creator
Washington, George, 1732-1799
Creator
Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
Creator
Washington, Martha, 1731-1802
Creator
Law, Elizabeth Parke Custis, 1776-1831
Creator
Law, Thomas, 1756-1834
Creator
Costin, William, 1780?-1842
Creator
Law, John, 1784?-1822
Creator
Rogers, Lloyd Nicholas, approximately 1788-1860
Creator
Rogers, Edmund Law
Creator
Peter, Robert, 1726-1806
Creator
Peter, Thomas, 1769-1834
Creator
Peter, Martha Parke Custis, 1777-1854
Creator
Kennon, Britannia Wellington Peter, 1815-1911
Creator
Peter, George, 1779-1861
Creator
Peter, Armistead, 1840-1902
Creator
Peter, Agnes, 1840-1902
Language
English .

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Preferred Citation

[Name and date of item], Peter Family papers, [Folder], Special Collections, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington [hereafter Washington Library], Mount Vernon, Virginia.


Biographical / Historical

The Peters were a prominent family in Washington, D.C. during the eighteenth and nineteen centuries. Martha Parke Custis, Martha Washington's granddaughter, married into the Peter family in 1795.

George Washington (1732-1799) : George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 at a modest farm in Westmoreland County, Virginia to parents Augustine and Mary Ball Washington. In 1749, George Washington was appointed surveyor for Culpepper County. In 1752, he started his military career in the Virginia militia. During the Revolutionary War he was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and later was elected as the first President of the United States of America. He lived with his wife, Martha Washington, at Mount Vernon, where he passed away December 14, 1799.

Martha Washington (1731-1802) : Martha Dandridge Custis Washington was born on June 2, 1731 to parents John and Frances Jones Dandridge. She married her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis, on May 15, 1750. Together they had four children, two of whom died in childhood. On July 8, 1757, her husband unexpectedly died, leaving her a widow with their two remaining children, John Parke Custis and Martha Parke Custis. On January 6, 1759, Martha Dandridge Custis married George Washington. Martha Parke Custis or Patsy, died at the age of 17. On February 3, 1774, John Parke Custis married Eleanor Calvert, and together they had four children who survived to adulthood. However, on November 5, 1781, John Parke Custis passed away, and the younger two of his children went to live at Mount Vernon with their grandmother. Martha Dandridge Custis Washington died on May 22, 1802.

Tobias Lear (1762-1816) : Tobias Lear was born in 1762. He was employed by George Washington in 1786 to manage expense reports to Congress and also as the personal tutor to Martha Washington's grandchildren. In 1790 Tobias Lear married Mary "Polly" Long; however she died in 1793. Lear then married Martha Washington's niece, Frances Bassett Washington, but she died shortly they were married. Lear married for a third time to Frances Dandridge Henley, another niece of Martha Washington. He died in 1816.

Elizabeth (Betsy, Beth, Eliza) Parke Custis Law (1776-1831) : Wife to Thomas Law, Eliza Parke Custis Law was born on August 21, 1776. She was the daughter of John (Jacky) Parke Custis and Eleanor (Nelly) Calvert. Upon the death of her father in 1781, Eliza's two younger siblings, George Washington (Washy) Parke Custis and Eleanor (Nelly) Parke Custis went to live with their grandmother, Martha Washington, and her second husband, George Washington. Eliza and her other sister Martha stayed at home with their mother. Shortly after, their mother remarried Dr. David Stuart and had thirteen more children. On March 21, 1796, Eliza Parke Custis Law married Thomas Law and together they had one child, Eliza Law. In 1804, the couple separated and their daughter went to live with her father. They officially divorced in 1811. Eliza Parke Custis Law lived with one of her uncles for a time after the separation, and soon purchased a house in Alexandria called "Mount Washington." Eliza Law Rogers died in 1822, leaving behind a husband (Lloyd Nicholas Rogers) and two children. Eliza Parke Custis Law died on December 31, 1831.

Thomas Law (1756-1834) : Thomas Law was born on October 23, 1756 in Cambridge, England. He started his career working for the East India Trading Company and began building his reputation, as well as his income. In 1794, he left England to start a new life in America where he began to invest in lands, particularly in the nation's capital. Over time, Law became extremely passionate about the arts, particularly poetry, which he wrote and published. He even founded the first dance society, theater, and the Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences. Thomas Law married Eliza Parke Custis on March 21, 1796. Together they had one child, Eliza Law, who married Lloyd Nicholls Rogers in 1817. Thomas Law died in 1834.

William Costin (1780-1842) : William Costin was a prominent free black man in early 19th-century Washington DC. He was a messenger for the Bank of Washington and ran a hack business in the city. In 1800, he married his cousin Philadelphia ("Delphy"), a dower slave of Martha Washington. Upon Martha Washington's death in 1802, Delphy became the property of Eliza Parke Custis Law, wife to Thomas Law. Delphy and their children were granted freedom shortly after, and the couple decided to stay in Washington, D.C. Together the Costins had seven children. He died in 1842.

John Law (1784-1822) : John Law was born in India about 1784 to Thomas Law and an unidentified Indian woman. In 1794 Thomas Law came to America after living about two decades in India; presumably John and his brothers came with him. Thomas Law married Eliza Parke Custis in 1796 and raised the boys until their separation around 1804. John Law graduated from Harvard University in 1804; he was a member of the Columbian Dragoons in 1811; and was the commissioner to adjust the Yazoo claims in 1814. He died on October 4, 1822.

Lloyd Nicholas Rogers (1787 or 1788-1860) : Lloyd Nicholas Rogers was born on September 20, 1788 to parents Nicholas and Eleanor Buchanan Rogers. Lloyd Nicholas Rogers married Eliza Law Rogers in 1817. Together they had two children, Edmund Law Rogers and Eleanor Agnes Rogers. They lived on Druid Hill which had been passed down by Lloyd's Scottish father. Very shortly after the death of Lloyd's father in 1822, Eliza also died. In 1829, Rogers was married to Hortensia Monroe Hay who was the granddaughter of James Monroe. Together, they had an additional three daughters, Harriet, Hortensia, and Mary Custis. Lloyd was a proprietor of his estate and practiced law out of his home on Druid Hill. Hortensia died in the 1850s, leaving Lloyd all alone. All of his children except for Eleanor had already married and moved out. Eleanor would not marry until 1862, following her father's death. Lloyd Nicholas Rogers died on November 12, 1860.

Edmund Law Rogers (1818-1896) : Edmund Law Rogers was born in 1818 to Lloyd Nicholas Rogers and Eliza Law Rogers. He grew up and lived in Baltimore all of his life, and was a founding member of the Maryland and Harvard Club, as well as a member of various other organizations, such as, the Sons of the Revolution and the Baltimore Historical Society. He spoke several different languages and was a lover of the arts. He married Charlotte Matilda Plater and together they had two children, Edmund Law Rogers, Jr., and Charlotte Plater Rogers. He died of paralysis on January 24, 1896.

Robert Peter (1726-1806) : Robert Peter was born in 1726 in Scotland to Thomas Peter and Jean Dunlop, who were prosperous merchants. He immigrated to the United States around 1745, but there is no definite reason why he chose to leave. He first settled in the town, Bladensburg, along the Anacostia River. In 1751, Georgetown was established, and Robert purchased a lot in the town the following year, and slowly began to build up his land holdings. His land holdings grew to be quite extensive, including owning the entire square from M, K, and 31st Streets, and Wisconsin Ave. From 1789 to 1798, Robert Peter was the first mayor of Georgetown. On December 27, 1767, he married Elizabeth Scott, and together they had 10 children, one of whom died as an infant. Their names were: Thomas, Alexander, Elizabeth, Walter, Robert, Jean, Margaret, David, George, and James. He died in 1806.

Thomas Peter (1769-1834) : Thomas Peter was born January 4, 1769 to Robert and Elizabeth Scott Peter. Thomas Peter married Martha Parke Custis, granddaughter to Martha Washington, in 1795. Together, they had eight children. Martha Eliza Eleanor, Columbia Washington, John Parke Custis, Robert Thomas, George Washington, America Pinckney, Martha Custis Castania (who died young), and Britannia Wellington. In 1805, Thomas and Martha purchased eight-and-a-half acres in "Georgetown Heights." [For more information on Tudor Place, see Tudor Place: Historic House and Gardens.] They later hired architect Dr. William Thornton to design and build Tudor Place located in Georgetown. It was completed in 1816 and still stands today. Thomas Peter was a prominent lawyer of the time and was one of the executors of Martha Washington's will. He died April 16, 1834.

Martha (Patty) Parke Custis Peter (1777-1854) : was born to John Parke Custis and Eleanor (Nelly) Calvert Custis on December 31, 1777. She was one of four children in their family to survive to adulthood: Eliza Parke, Martha Parke, Eleanor Parke (Nelly), and George Washington (Washy) Parke. Following the death of their father in 1781, Patty and her older sister, Eliza, lived with their mother and stepfather, Dr. David Stuart, and their large family, while their younger siblings, Nelly and Washy, lived with their grandparents at Mount Vernon. There were frequent visits to Mount Vernon in both childhood and following her marriage to Thomas Peter in 1795. She died July 13 or 15, 1854.

Britannia Wellington Peter Kennon (1815-1911) : Britannia Wellington Peter was born January 28, 1815, as the youngest child of Martha Parke (Patty) Custis Peter and Thomas Peter. In 1842, she married Commodore Beverley Kennon, and together they had one child, Martha Custis Kennon, on October 18, 1843. Commodore Kennon died from a gun explosion on the frigate Princeton on February 28, 1844. Martha Custis Kennon married Dr. Armistead Peter in 1867. When Britannia Wellington Peter Kennon's mother passed in 1854, she inherited Tudor Place, where she lived until her death in 1911.

Major George Peter (1779-1861) : Major George W. Peter was born on September 28, 1779 to Robert and Elizabeth Scott Peter. He was married three times during his life. First, to Ann Plater in 1809. Together they had two children, George and Thomas. His wife and two children all died in 1814. Secondly, in 1815 he married Agnes Buchanon Freeland. They had five children, Robert, Ann, James, Agnes, and David. Agnes, his wife, died in 1825. Only a month later, he again married, this time to Sarah Norfleet Freeland, the sister of his second wife. Together, they had nine children: Sarah Agnes, George, Alexander Scott, Margaret Dick, Elizabeth, Armistead, Walter Gibson, William, and Katherine Norfleet. Major George Peter was an officer in the army, a representative in Congress, and a farmer. During his career in the army, he was first appointed first lieutenant 2nd, Artillery and Engineers on February 16, 1801. He was promoted to Captain on November 3, 1807, and finally was transferred to the Light Artillery in May of 1808. He resigned in June 11, 1809. In 1815, he was elected to Congress to cover the sixth district in Maryland. He would continue this appointment until after 1828. He died June 22, 1861.

Dr. Armistead Peter (1840-1902) : Dr. Armistead Peter was one of George Peter's sons from his third marriage to Sarah Norfleet Freeland Peter. He was born on February 23, 1840. Dr. Armistead Peter was a cousin to his wife Martha Custis Kennon Peter, whom he married in 1867. Together, Martha and Armistead had five children: Walter Gibson, Armistead, Beverley Kennon, George Freeland, and Agnes. He and Martha Custis Kennon Peter both moved into Tudor Place and Dr. Armistead Peter converted a portion of the house for his medical practice. He created a very successful business as one of the best doctors in the city of Washington. During the Civil War he was employed by the U.S. Army as ward surgeon, as well as serving in a smallpox hospital. Martha Custis Kennon Peter died suddenly in 1886. Armistead died in 1902, his mother-in-law, Britannia W. Peter Kennon outliving both of them. The land in Bethesda was divided between their four children. After Britannia W. Peter Kennon died, the house was left to her grandson, Armistead Peter II. Dr. Armistead Peter died on January 28, 1902.

Agnes Peter (1880-1957) : Agnes Peter, born on February 3, 1880, was the daughter of Dr. Armistead Peter and Martha Custis Kennon Peter. She lived in France for a period of time during WWI conducting work for the YMCA. Agnes Peter was the director of a Foyer du Soldat and helped to receive soldiers and refugees. She was also in charge of the Graves Registration Section in Rheims. She was the first woman in France to be awarded the silver Medal of Honor for her distinguished services to the country during the war. In 1946, when she was 73, she married Nobel Prize winner, Dr. John R. Mott, who is most acclaimed for his work creating international Christian programs with a goal to establish peace. She died in 1957.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of papers collected by various members of the Peter families. It includes letters from George Washington, letters of condolence to Martha Washington after George Washington's death, estate documents, Major George Peter's military papers, land plats and surveys, photo albums, letterbooks, and notebooks that tell of the life of this prominent family in Virginia and the City of Washington.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries. Within each series, materials are generally separated by format and listed chronologically, with undated materials listed last.

Series 1. Papers of George Washington
Series 2. Papers of Tobias Lear
Series 3. Miscellaneous
Series 4. Papers of Martha Washington
Series 5. Papers of Eliza Parke Custis Law
Series 6. Papers of Thomas Law : Subseries 6.1. Legal Documents, Subseries 6.2. Correspondence
Series 7. Papers of William Costin
Series 8. Papers of John Law
Series 9. Papers of Lloyd Nicholas Rogers
Series 10. Papers of Edmund Law Rogers
Series 11. Papers of Robert Peter : Subseries 11.1. Accounts, Subseries 11.2. Financial Documents, Subseries 11.3. Legal Documents, Subseries 11.4. Land Documents, Subseries 11.5. Estate Documents
Series 12. Papers of Thomas Peter : Subseries 12.1. Financial Documents, Subseries 12.2. Land Documents, Subseries 12.3. Estate Documents, Subseries 12.4. Correspondence
Series 13. Papers of Britannia W. Peter Kennon, 1824-1909 : Subseries 13.1. Financial Documents, Subseries 13.2. Legal Documents, Subseries 13.3. Correspondence

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818
  • Anderson, James, 1745-1807
  • Anderson, John
  • Atherton, Charles H. (Charles Humphrey), 1773-1853
  • Bernard, Simon, 1779-1839
  • Blair, John D. (John Durbarrow), 1759-1823
  • Boudinot, Elias, 1740-1821
  • Bunting, Charles
  • Costin, William, 1780?-1842
  • Craik, James, 1730-1814
  • Custis, George Washington Parke, 1781-1857
  • Dandridge, Bartholomew, approximately 1774-1802
  • De Kalb, Johann, 1721-1780
  • Dearborn, Henry, 1751-1829
  • Decatur, Susan Wheeler
  • Delaplaine, Joseph, 1777-1824
  • Griffith, William, 1766-1826
  • Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804
  • Hay, George, 1765-1830
  • Kemp, James, 1764-1827
  • Kennon, Beverley, 1793-1844
  • Kennon, Britannia Wellington Peter, 1815-1911
  • Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
  • Lafayette, Georges Washington Louis Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1779-1849
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834
  • Law, Edmund, 1790-1829
  • Law, Elizabeth Parke Custis, 1776-1831
  • Law, John, 1784?-1822
  • Law, Thomas, 1756-1834
  • Le Mayeur, Jean Pierre
  • Lear, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lincoln), 1792-1832
  • Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
  • Lee, Henry, 1756-1818
  • Lewis, Eleanor Parke Custis, 1779-1852
  • Lewis, Lawrence, 1767-1839
  • Lewis, Lorenzo, 1803-1847
  • Lovering, William (Architect)
  • Madison, James, 1751-1836
  • Maltitz, Apollonius August von, 1795-1870
  • Mercereau, John, 1732-1820
  • Miller, Samuel, 1769-1850
  • Peter, Agnes, 1840-1902
  • Peter, Armistead, 1840-1902
  • Peter, Armistead, 1870-1960
  • Peter, George Freeland, 1875–1953
  • Peter, George Washington, 1801-1877
  • Peter, George, 1779-1861
  • Peter, Martha Custis Kennon, 1843-1886
  • Peter, Martha Parke Custis, 1777-1854
  • Peter, Robert, 1726-1806
  • Peter, Thomas, 1769-1834
  • Peter, Walter G. (Walter Gibson), 1868-1945
  • Peter, Walter Gibson, 1842-1863
  • Pinckney, Mary Stead, approximately 1751-1812
  • Quincy, Josiah, 1772-1864
  • Ringgold, Tench
  • Rogers, Edmund Law
  • Rogers, Elizabeth Parke Custis Law, 1797-1822
  • Rogers, Lloyd Nicholas, approximately 1788-1860
  • Rogers, William, 1751-1824
  • Scott, Gustavus, 1753-1800
  • Sedgwick, Theodore, 1746-1813
  • Sinclair, John, Sir, 1754-1835
  • Smith, George (Blacksmith)
  • Stabler, Edward, 1769-1831
  • Stuart, David, 1753-1814
  • Stuart, Eleanor Calvert Custis, approximately 1758-1811
  • Stuart, Gilbert, 1755-1828
  • Taney, Roger Brooke, 1777-1864
  • Thornton, William, 1759-1828
  • Townsend, Justine Van Rensselaer, 1828-1912
  • Trumbull, Jonathan, 1740-1809
  • Tyler, John, 1790-1862
  • Varick, Richard, 1753-1831
  • Wadsworth, Peleg, 1748-1829
  • Washington, Bushrod, 1762-1829
  • Washington, George, 1732-1799
  • Washington, Martha, 1731-1802
  • White, Alexander, 1738-1804

Container List

Series 1. Papers of George Washington
Text Shelf: I:1 1794-1800English.
  • Text box: 1 folder: 01
    Eliza Parke Custis, Hope Park, to George Washington
    Law, Elizabeth Parke Custis, 1776-18311794 September 7English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed from Eliza asking her grandfather for a picture of him. Docketed in Washington's hand on verso.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 02
    George Washington, German Town, to Eliza Parke Custis
    Washington, George, 1732-17991794 September 14English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autographed letter signed (signature cut out). Washington offers his granddaughter advice on love and marriage.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 03
    George and Martha Washington, Philadelphia, to Thomas Law
    Washington, George, 1732-1799Washington, Martha, 1731-18021796 March 28English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter in Washington's hand, initialed by both George and Martha. The Washingtons congratulate Law on his marriage to their grandaughter Eliza.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 04
    George Washington, Mount Vernon, to Thomas Peter
    Washington, George, 1732-17991797 June 14English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed by Washington, discussing the purchase of English cattle.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 05
    George Washington, Mount Vernon, to Thomas Peter
    Washington, George, 1732-1799
    1 pages
    1798 May 18English.
    Scope and Contents
  • Text box: 1 folder: 06
    Thomas Peter, George Town, to George Washington, Mount Vernon
    Peter, Thomas, 1769-1834
    2 pages
    1799 January 28English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral free franked address panel. Docketed in Washington's hand. Peter asks Washington to secure a spot for his brother in the Army and shares rumors about a bill coming up in Congress.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 07
    George Washington, Mount Vernon, to Thomas Peter
    Washington, George, 1732-1799
    1 pages
    1799 May 5English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral free franked address panel and seal. Washington writes about the sale of tobacco.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 08
    George Washington, Mount Vernon, to Thomas Peter
    Washington, George, 1732-1799
    1 pages
    1799 December 3English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral free franked address panel. Washington writes about farming and congratulates Thomas and Patsy on the birth of their son.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 09
    John Mercereau, Union Township, to George Washington
    Mercereau, John, 1732-1820
    1 pages
    1799 December 24English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral free franked address panel. John Mercereau, a businessman who served with his brother and nephew in a spy ring during the Revolutionary War, writes to Washington asking if he may come and visit, reflecting that no memories give him greater satisfaction than those he spent "Devoted to my Countrys Service." Tragically, Mercereau did not know that Washington had died 10 days before his letter was sent.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 10
    Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., London, to George Washington
    Dandridge, Bartholomew, approximately 1774-1802
    1 pages
    1800 January 15English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral free franked address panel. Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., writes to his uncle about his business ventures from London. He had not yet received word of Washington's death on December 14, 1799.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 11
    Paper wrapper labeled Letters from General Washington in the years 98 and 99
    1 Leaves
    undatedEnglish.
Series 2. Papers of Tobias Lear
Text Shelf: I:1 1785-1790English.
  • Text box: 1 folder: 12
    Eleanor Calvert Custis Stuart, Abingdon, to Tobias Lear, New York
    Stuart, Eleanor Calvert Custis, approximately 1758-18111790 February 28English.
  • Text box: 1 folder: 13
    Eleanor Calvert Custis Stuart to Tobias Lear, New York
    Stuart, Eleanor Calvert Custis, approximately 1758-1811
    2 pages
    1790 SeptemberEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed, undated, with integral free franked address panel. Docketed in Lear's hand as received 2 October 1790. Eleanor writes of her unhappiness at being parted from her children Nelly and Wash.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 14
    Eleanor Calvert Custis Stuart, Mount Vernon, to Tobias Lear, New York
    Stuart, Eleanor Calvert Custis, approximately 1758-1811
    3 pages
    1790 October 3English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral free franked address panel. Eleanor writes about the lottery and her family, noting that "My Dear Nelly & Wash. are still spoilt by Grand Mama but chearfully obey every word I say to them."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 15
    Eleanor Calvert Custis Stuart to Tobias Lear
    Stuart, Eleanor Calvert Custis, approximately 1758-1811
    4 pages
    probably 1790 February 7English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter unsigned in the hand of Eleanor Calvert Custis Stuart and most likely addressed to Tobias Lear. The letter is dated 7 February with no year but was most likely written in 1790, since it mentions Lear's first marriage, which occured in 1790.

Series 3. Miscellaneous
Text Shelf: I:1 1785-1862English.
  • Text box: 1 folder: 16
    Marquis de Lafayette to James Madison
    Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834
    1 pages Autograph letter signed. Docketed on verso in hand of Madison.
    1785 June 1English.
  • Text box: 1 folder: 17
    Confederate currency
    1862English.
Series 4. Papers of Martha Washington
Text Shelf: I:1 Text Shelf: I:2 1799-1802English.
  • Text box: 1 folder: 18
    Martha Washington's daybook
    Washington, Martha, 1731-18021802 February-AprilEnglish.
  • Text box: 1 folder: 19
    Lucretia Constance Radcliffe, Charleston, to Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
    3 pages
    1799 August 13English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral free franked address panel. Docketed in hand of George Washington. Mrs. Radcliffe writes seeking an Army commission for her son and sends a packet of crane feathers and melon seeds. She also sends news of Major Pinkney.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 20
    Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., New York, to Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
    Dandridge, Bartholomew, approximately 1774-1802
    3 pages
    1800 May 25English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral free franked address panel. Bartholomew Dandridge Jr. writes his aunt inquiring about letters sent to him from Washington before his death that Dandridge never received.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 21
    Resolution of the Sixth Congress of the United States at the First Session
    2 pages
    1799 December 24English.
    Scope and Contents

    Manuscript resolution of the "Sixth Congress of the United States: At the first session Begun and held at the City of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania, on Monday, the second of December, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-nine" stating that a marble monument to George Washington be erected in the City of Washington and that his remains be interred beneath it. It is also resolved that a funeral procession from Comgress Hall to the German Lutheran Church shall take place on Thursday, December 26, 1799, and that the nation will wear crepe arm bands for thirty days of mourning.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 22
    Maria S. Ross, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
    1799 December 24English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. A condolence letter from Maria S. Ross of Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Martha Washington on the death of her husband.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 23
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to Maria S. Ross
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    1 pages
    1800 January 10English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter, copy. Tobias Lear's response to Maria Ross's condolence letter to Martha Washington.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 24
    Abigail Adams, Philadelphia, to Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
    Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818
    1 pages
    1799 December 25English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral free franked address panel with seal of John Adams. Condolence letter written by Abigail Adams to Martha Washington on the death of George Washington.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 25
    Martha Washington to Abigail Adams
    Washington, Martha, 1731-1802
    1 pages
    1799 December 31English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Martha Washington's response to Abigail Adams's condolence letter on the death of George Washington.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 26
    Mary Stead Pinckney, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, to Martha Washington
    Pinckney, Mary Stead, approximately 1751-1812
    2 pages
    1799 December 26English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Condolence letter from Mary Stead Pinckney to Martha Washington on the death of George Washington. Pinckney also sends her regards and congratulations to Nelly Parke Custis Lewis, who was recovering from the birth of her first child, Frances Parke Lewis.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 27
    Jonathan Trumbull, Lebanon, Connecticut, to Martha Washington
    Trumbull, Jonathan, 1740-1809
    2 pages
    1799 December 30English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Condolence letter from Jonathan Trumbull Jr., Governor of Connecticut, to Martha Washington on the death of George Washington.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 28
    Elias Boudinot, Philadelphia, to Martha Washington
    Boudinot, Elias, 1740-1821
    3 pages
    1800 January 2English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Condolence letter from Elias Boudinot, New Jersey Congressman and Director of the United States Mint, to Martha Washington on the death of George Washington.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 29
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to Elias Boudinot
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    1 pages
    1800 January 18English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Tobias Lear's response on behalf of Martha Washington to Elias Boudinot's condolence letter.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 30
    Bushrod Washington, Walnut Farm, to Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
    Washington, Bushrod, 1762-1829
    2 pages
    1800 January 4English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. Bushrod writes to Martha about purchasing corn from Colonel Washington.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 01
    Ann Huntington, New London, Connecticut, to Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
    1 pages
    1800 January 4English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. Condolence letter written by Ann Huntington of New London to Martha Washington on the death of George Washington.

  • Text Shelf: Oversized
    Alexander Hamilton to Martha Washington
    Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-18041800 January 12English.
  • Text box: 2 folder: 02
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to Alexander Hamilton
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    1 pages
    1800 January 23English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Tobias Lear's response on behalf of Martha to Hamilton's condolence letter.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 03
    Reverend Samuel Miller, New York, to Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
    Miller, Samuel, 1769-1850
    1 pages
    1800 January 14English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. Condolence letter from Reverend Samuel Miller to Martha Washington on the death of George Washington. He writes that he is inclosing a discourse he recently delivered on the occasion of Washington's death.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 04
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to Reverend Samuel Miller, New York
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    1 pages
    1800 January 27English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Tobias Lear's response on behalf of Martha to Samuel Miller's condolence letter on the death of George Washington.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 05
    Stephen Williamson, Philadelphia, State Prison, to Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
    4 pages
    1800 January 16English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. Stephen Williamson introduces himself as the captain of a company in the Rhode Island Regiment who served under Washington in the Revolutionary War. He recounts a dream he had in which she gives birth to a son following Washington's death. He also tells Martha the details of his arrest for buying a stolen horse and requests her assistance in getting him out of prison.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 06
    Henry Knox, Montpelier, St. Georges, to Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
    Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
    2 pages
    1800 January 17English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral free franked address panel. Former Secretary of War Henry Knox sends Martha his condolences after the passing of George Washington.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 07
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to Henry Knox
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    1 pages
    1800 February 9English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Tobias Lear writes on behalf of Martha in response to Henry Knox's condolence letter on the death of George Washington.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 08
    Richard Varick, New York, to Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
    Varick, Richard, 1753-1831
    2 pages
    1800 January 28English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Mayor of New York City Richard Varick offers his condolences to Martha after the death of George Washington. He also incloses, on behalf of the Common Council of New York City, an oration delivered on the occassion of Washington's death by Gouverneur Morris.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 09
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to Richard Varick, New York
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    2 pages
    1800 February 15English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Tobias Lear writes on behalf of Martha Washington in response to Richard Varick's condolence letter after the death of George Washington.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 10
    Richard Washington, Bermuda, to Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
    1 pages
    1800 January 31English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral free franked address panel. Richard Washington, a former business associate of Washington's in London, offers his condolences to Martha after George Washington's death.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 12
    Theodore Sedgwick, Philadelphia, to Martha Washington
    Sedgwick, Theodore, 1746-1813
    1 pages
    1800 February 17English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Condolence letter from Theodore Sedgwick to Martha Washington on the death of George Washington. Sedgwick writes that he is inclosing a second edition of General Lee's funeral oration.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 13
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to Theodore Sedgwick
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    1 pages
    1800 February 22English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Tobias Lear writing on behalf of Martha in response to Theodore Sedgwick's condolence letter after the death of George Washington.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 14
    Marquis de Lafayette, La Grange, to Martha Washington
    Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834
    2 pages
    1800 February 28English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Condolence letter written by the Marquis de Lafayette to Martha after the death of George Washington.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 15
    Auguste Belin, Philadelphia, to Martha Washington
    1 pages
    1800 March 5English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. A condolence letter from Auguste Belin, Secretary of the Loge Française l'Aménité of Philidelphia, a freemason lodge of French and Saint-Dominguen émigrés. Belin writes that he is inclosing copies of a funeral oration performed at the lodge in honor of George Washington's death.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 16
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to Auguste Belin, Philadelphia
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    1 pages
    1800 May 15English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Tobias Lear writes on behalf of Martha in response to Auguste Belin's condolence letter on the death of George Washington.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 17
    Reverend William Rogers, Philadelphia, to Martha Washington
    Rogers, William, 1751-1824
    1 pages
    1800 March 6English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter. Condolence note from Reverend William Rogers to Martha on the death of George Washington. Rogers writes that he is enclosing a copy of a funeral oration he delivered in Washington's honor.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 18
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to Reverend William Rogers
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    1 pages
    1800 March 28English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Tobias Lear, on behalf of Martha Washington, thanks William Rogers for sending "a copy of the Religious Exercises, at the time of the Eulogy, at the German Reformed Church."

  • Text box: 2 folder: 19
    Charles H. Atherton, Amherst, New Hampshire, to Martha Washington
    Atherton, Charles H. (Charles Humphrey), 1773-1853
    1 pages
    1800 March 23English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Condolence note written by Charles Humphrey Atherton to Martha Washington after the death of George Washington. Atherton writes that he is enclosing a funeral oration delivered at the request of the citizens of Amherst, New Hampshire in Washington's honor.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 20
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to Charles H. Atherton, Amherst, New Hampshire
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    1 pages
    1800 April 23English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Tobias Lear writes on behalf of Martha Washington in response to Charles H. Atherton's condolence letter on the death of George Washington.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 21
    Georges Washington de Lafayette, La Grange, to Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
    Lafayette, Georges Washington Louis Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1779-1849
    1 pages
    1800 March 24English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral free franked address panel. Georges Washington de Lafayette, son of the Marquis de Lafayette, writes a condolence note to Martha after the death of George Washington. Georges writes of Washington's "parental kindness" when he visited Mount Vernon and says, "How far was I to imagine when I left your family that it would be a last farewell."

  • Text box: 2 folder: 22
    Reverend James Kemp, Cambridge, Maryland, to Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
    Kemp, James, 1764-1827
    1 pages
    1800 March 26English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. A condolence letter written by Revered James Kemp to Martha Washington after the death of George Washington. Kemp writes that he is enclosing a copy of a sermon he delivered on the day appointed by Congress to honor George Washington.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 23
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to Reverend James Kemp, Cambridge, Maryland
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    1 pages
    1800 April 20English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Tobias Lear responds on behalf of Martha Washington to James Kemp's condolence letter after the death of George Washington.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 24
    Peleg Wadsworth, Philadelphia, to Martha Washington
    Wadsworth, Peleg, 1748-1829
    2 pages
    1800 March 26English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Condolence letter from Peleg Wadsworth to Martha Washington on the death of George Washington. Wadsworth requests, on behalf of his daughter, a relic of the late General.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 25
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to Peleg Wadsworth
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    1 pages
    1800 April 5English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Tobias Lear writes on behalf of Martha in response to Peleg Wadsworth's condolence letter after the death of George Washington. Lear writes that he is enclosing a lock of Washington's hair for Wadsworth's daughter as requested.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 26
    Thomas Porter, Alexandria, to Martha Washington
    1 pages
    1800 March 24English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral free franked address panel. Condolence letter written by Alexandria merchant Thomas Porter to Martha after the death of George Washington. Porter writes that he is sending a eulogy along with the letter.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 27
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to Reverend John D. Blair
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    1 pages
    1800 April 5English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Tobias Lear, writing on behalf of Martha Washington, thanks Reverend John D. Blair for sending his condolences and two orations delivered in Richmond on February 22 in honor of George Washington.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 28
    William Griffith, Burlington, New Jersey, to Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
    Griffith, William, 1766-1826
    1 Leaves
    1800 April 14English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral free franked address panel. William Griffiths offers his condolences on behalf of the citizens of Burlington, New Jersey to Martha after the death of George Washington.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 29
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to William Griffith, Burlington, New Jersey
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    1 pages
    1800 April 23English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Tobias Lear responds on behalf of Martha to William Griffith's condolence letter after the death of George Washington.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 30
    Theodore Sedgwick, Philadelphia, to Martha Washington, Mount Vernon
    Sedgwick, Theodore, 1746-1813
    1 pages
    1800 April 15English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral free franked address panel.

  • Text box: 3 folder: 01
    Dr. Jean Pierre Le Mayeur, Sweet Springs, to Martha Washington
    Le Mayeur, Jean Pierre
    1 pages
    1800 May 1English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed "John Lemayere." Jean Pierre Le Mayeur was George Washington's dentist during the Revolutionary War. He writes his condolences to Martha on the death of Washington, apologizing that his servant lost the first condolence letter he had written on February 24.

  • Text box: 3 folder: 02
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to Dr. Jean Pierre Le Mayeur, Sweet Springs
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    1 pages
    1800 May 15English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed.

  • Text box: 3 folder: 03
    John Sinclair, London, to Martha Washington
    Sinclair, John, Sir, 1754-1835
    2 pages
    1800 June 2English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Sir John Sinclair writes to Martha in praise of her late husband and sends her a volume of his letters.

  • Text box: 3 folder: 04
    Tobias Lear, Mount Vernon, to Gilbert Stuart
    Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
    2 pages
    1800 March 10English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. Tobias Lear, writing on behalf of Martha Washington, requests that Gilbert Stuart's original portrait of Washington be given to Martha, in exchange for fair compensation. Lear writes that Martha has expressed no desire for her own portrait, but Lear thinks it would be nice to display alongside the portrait of Washington.

Series 5. Papers of Eliza Parke Custis Law
Text Shelf: I:2 1819-1830English.
  • Text box: 3 folder: 05
    Elizabeth Parke Custis Law Rogers to Elizabeth Parke Custis Law
    Rogers, Elizabeth Parke Custis Law, 1797-18221819-18211819 December 51821 November 10undated December 5English.
    Scope and Contents

    3 letters written by Elizabeth Parke Custis Law Rogers to her mother between December 5, 1819 - November 21, 1821.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Access to letters may be restricted because of fragile condition.

  • Text box: 3 folder: 06
    General Simon Bernard, Washington City, to Elizabeth Parke Custis Law
    Bernard, Simon, 1779-18391828-18301828 March 281829 May 51829 October 11830 February 51830 February 141830 May 21undated April 17English.
    Scope and Contents

    7 letters written by Brigadier General Simon Bernard to Eliza Parke Custis Law between March 28, 1828 and May 21, 1830.

  • Text box: 3 folder: 07
    Lloyd Rogers to Elizabeth Parke Custis Law, Alexandria
    3 pages
    undated May 30English.
Series 6. Papers of Thomas Law
Text Shelf: I:2 1794-1833English.
  • Subseries 6.1. Legal Documents
    English.
    • Text box: 3 folder: 08
      Pratt, Francis, and others, vs. Thomas Law
      3 pages
      English.
      Scope and Contents

      Printed legal document: Statement of the defendant's case. Docketed on verso "Papers relating to case of Law v. Morris Nicholson & Greenleaf."

    • Text box: 3 folder: 09
      Statement of Thomas Law in property dispute
      17 pages
      1796 December 19English.
      Scope and Contents

      Manuscript legal statement of Thomas Law in regards to a property dispute in Washington City between William Mayne Duncason and Tench Ringgold.

    • Text box: 3 folder: 10
      Memoranda of an agreement made between William Mayne Duncason and Tench Ringgold
      1797 January 9English.
      Scope and Contents

      Manuscript memoranda regarding property dispute over square 744 in the City of Washington.

    • Text box: 3 folder: 11
      Tench Ringgold to James Piercy
      Ringgold, Tench1797 April 12English.
    • Text box: 3 folder: 11
      Thomas Law to Mr. Barry
      Law, Thomas, 1756-1834undatedEnglish.
    • Text box: 3 folder: 11
      Thomas Law to unidentified recipient
      Law, Thomas, 1756-1834undatedEnglish.
      Scope and Contents

      Autograph letter signed. Concerning Tench Ringgold and property dealings in the City of Washington.

    • Text box: 3 folder: 11
      Receipt for money given by Thomas Law to Tench Ringgold for land in the City of Washington
      Law, Thomas, 1756-18341797 December 30English.
    • Text box: 3 folder: 12
      Particular Description and Manner of building a house for Thomas Law
      11 pages
      circa 1794English.
      Scope and Contents

      Manuscript descriptions of the architectural plans for the Thomas Law House, designed by architect William Lovering and built circa 1794 on the 689 square in the City of Washington.

    • Text box: 3 folder: 13
      Drafts of legal arguments in property dispute between Thomas Law and Tench Ringgold
      7 pages
      1804 February 3English.
    • Text box: 3 folder: 14
      Legal notes and statements of defense for property dispute involving Thomas Law
      1794-1816English.
    • Text box: 3 folder: 15
      Lawyer's notes from property dispute involving Thomas Law
      1794-1796English.
  • Subseries 6.2. Correspondence
    English.
    • Text box: 3 folder: 16
      Thomas Law, Washington City, to Gustavus Scott, William Thornton, and Alexander White
      Law, Thomas, 1756-18341795 September 30English.
      Scope and Contents

      Thomas Law discusses his plan for construction of New Jersey Avenue on lot 744 of Washington City, along the public canal.

    • Text box: 3 folder: 16
      Gustavus Scott, William Thornton, and Alexander White, Washington City, to Thomas Law
      Scott, Gustavus, 1753-1800Thornton, William, 1759-1828White, Alexander, 1738-18041795 October 1English.
    • Text box: 3 folder: 17
      George Washington Parke Custis, Philadelphia to Thomas Law, Federal City
      Custis, George Washington Parke, 1781-1857
      2 pages
      1796 June 3English.
      Scope and Contents

      Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. George Washington Parke Custis writes to Law of the pleasure he will have in serving Washington City, which is to be "the pride of future ages" and "the metropolis of America."

    • Text box: 3 folder: 18
      William Mayne Duncanson to the Managers of the Canal Lottery
      1796 December 16English.
      Scope and Contents

      A manuscript copy of the address read by W. M. Duncanson at a meeting of the Managers of Washington Canal Lottery - Law, Carroll, Young, and Duncanson. Their reply is copied on the verso.

    • Text box: 3 folder: 18
      William Mayne Duncanson to Gustavus Scott, William Thornton, and Alexander White
      1797 February 15English.
      Scope and Contents

      Autograph letter signed. Duncanson writes that Thomas Law has resigned his title to Lot 744 of Washington City in favor of Tench Ringgold.

    • Text box: 3 folder: 19
      Statement that the Commisioners had no objections to second agreement with Tench Ringgold
      1 pages
      circa 1797English.
      Scope and Contents

      Unsigned, undated manuscript, docketed "Tench Ringgold Arbitration."

    • Text box: 3 folder: 20
      James Piercy, City of Washington, to Gustavus Scott, William Thornton, and Alexander White
      3 Leaves
      1797 September 29-October 311797 September 291797 October 51797 October 31English.
      Scope and Contents

      Three manuscript copies by Thomas Munroe of letters written by James Piercy to the Commissioners of the City of Washington about his claims to lot 744.

    • Text box: 3 folder: 20
      Gustavus Scott and William Thornton to James Piercy
      Scott, Gustavus, 1753-1800Thornton, William, 1759-1828
      1 pages
      1797 November 2English.
      Scope and Contents

      Manuscript copy made by Thomas Munroe of a letter written by the Commissioners of the City of Washington to James Piercy in response to Piercy's claims on lot 744. Scott and Thornton write to Piercy that "no intention exists of granting you the square you mention."

    • Text box: 3 folder: 21
      C. Cockull to Thomas Law
      1797 May 16English.
    • Text box: 3 folder: 23
      L. de Roumefort Bouchard to Thomas Law
      1810-18121810 April 281812 November 141812 November 29French.
    • Text box: 3 folder: 24
      Elizabeth Parke Custis Law Rogers, Druid Hill, to Thomas Law, City of Washington
      Rogers, Elizabeth Parke Custis Law, 1797-1822
      2 pages
      1821 December 2English.
      Scope and Contents

      Autograph letter signed with integral address panel.

    • Text box: 3 folder: 24
      Lloyd Rogers, Druid Hill, to Thomas Law, Washington City
      Rogers, Lloyd Nicholas, approximately 1788-1860
      3 pages
      1823 January 2English.
    • Text box: 3 folder: 24
      Thomas Law to Lloyd Rogers, Baltimore
      Law, Thomas, 1756-18341832 January 27English.
    • Text box: 3 folder: 25
      John Taylor, New Orleans, to Thomas Law
      1 pages
      1832 March 10English.
      Scope and Contents

      Writing from New Orleans in 1832, John Taylor reports that fifty to sixty people a day are dying from yellow fever and smallpox.

    • Text box: 3 folder: 26
      Elizabeth Parke Custis Law, Washington, to Thomas Law, London
      Law, Elizabeth Parke Custis, 1776-1831
      3 pages
      undated November 28English.
Series 7. Papers of William Costin
Text Shelf: I:2 1813-1824English.
  • Text box: 3 folder: 27
    Lawrence Lewis to William Costin
    Lewis, Lawrence, 1767-18391813 October 6, 1816 June 12English.
    Scope and Contents

    Two letters written by Lawrence Lewis to William "Billy" Costin.

  • Text box: 3 folder: 27
    Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis to William Costin
    Lewis, Eleanor Parke Custis, 1779-1852
    2 Leaves
    undatedEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    One undated note signed E Lewis and one undated letter fragment signed E Lewis. The letter fragment is addressed to William Costin, Washington, with a note that it was sent "By Emery."

  • Text box: 3 folder: 28
    George Calvert to William Costin, Washington
    1 pages
    1819 April 1English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral adddress panel.

  • Text box: 3 folder: 26
    George Washington Parke Custis to William Costin
    Custis, George Washington Parke, 1781-1857
    1 pages
    1824 December 8English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. George Washington Parke Custis writes William "Billy" Costin at the Bank of Washington. He mentions he expects to go with Lafayette to visit Woodlawn.

Series 8. Papers of John Law
Text Shelf: I:2 1799-1817English.
  • Text box: 4 folder: 01
    Elizabeth Parke Custis Law to John Law
    Law, Elizabeth Parke Custis, 1776-18311799-18021799 January 201802 February 211802 July 4probably 1802 September 251802 December 25English.
    Scope and Contents

    5 letters from Eliza Custis Law to her stepson John Law. The first letter is addressed to John at George Town College and the other four to Harvard University.

  • Text box: 4 folder: 02
    Elizabeth Parke Custis Law to John Law
    Law, Elizabeth Parke Custis, 1776-18311803-18041803 February 5approximately 1803 April 111803 April 151804 July 9English.
  • Text box: 4 folder: 02
    Thomas Law to John Law
    Law, Thomas, 1756-18341804 August-September1804 August 31804 September 41804 September 25English.
  • Text box: 4 folder: 03
    Elizabeth Parke Custis Law to John Law
    Law, Elizabeth Parke Custis, 1776-18311807-18081804 July 241808 February 31808 August 261808 October 1225 November 1808undatedEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    5 dated letters and 4 undated letters from Eliza Custis Law to her stepson John Law.

  • Text box: 4 folder: 03
    John Law to Elizabeth Parke Custis Law
    Law, John, 1784?-1822
    3 pages
    1808 July 3English.
  • Text box: 4 folder: 04
    Elizabeth Parke Custis Law to John Law
    Law, Elizabeth Parke Custis, 1776-18311809-18101809 January 91809 October 21809 October 131809 November 61809 December 211810 February 201810 February 21English.
  • Text box: 4 folder: 05
    Elizabeth Parke Custis Law to John Law
    Law, Elizabeth Parke Custis, 1776-1831undatedEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    15 undated letters and notes written by Eliza Custis Law to her stepson John Law.

  • Text box: 4 folder: 05
    Elizabeth Parke Custis Law to Edmund Law
    Law, Elizabeth Parke Custis, 1776-1831
    2 pages
    undatedEnglish.
  • Text box: 4 folder: 06
    John Law to Miss Elizabeth Parke Custis Law
    Law, John, 1784?-1822
    1 pages
    circa 1810English.
    Scope and Contents

    An undated letter from John Law to his stepsister, Eliza Law. He writes that he is sending sweetmeats from Woodlawn by William, as promised.

  • Text box: 4 folder: 07
    Thomas Law to John Law
    Law, Thomas, 1756-18341802-18111802-07-101810 June 25circa 1811English.
  • Text box: 4 folder: 08
    John Law to Thomas Law
    Law, John, 1784?-18221817 April 5-6English.
    Scope and Contents

    Four draft copies each of two letters written by John Law to his father, criticizing his conduct, particularly in regards to Eliza Law's marriage to Lloyd Rogers.

  • Text box: 4 folder: 09
    Thomas Law to John Law, Washington City
    Law, Thomas, 1756-18341817 April 8undatedEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    5 letters written by Thomas Law to his son John Law around 1817, addressing John's criticisms of him, his divorce, and his friendship with Elizabeth Bordley Gibson.

  • Text box: 4 folder: 10
    John Law to Thomas Law
    Law, John, 1784?-1822
    2 pages
    circa 1817English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed. A letter of reconciliation sent by John Law to his father.

  • Text box: 4 folder: 10
    Thomas Law to John Law
    Law, Thomas, 1756-1834
    1 pages
    circa 1817English.
  • Text box: 4 folder: 11
    John Law to William Thornton
    Law, John, 1784?-1822
    1 pages
    1807 August 10English.
    Scope and Contents

    Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. John Law asks William Thornton if he can borrow a book on calvary maneuvers.

  • Text box: 4 folder: 11
    William Thornton to John Law
    Thornton, William, 1759-1828
    2 Sheets
    1807 August 10English.
    Scope and Contents

    2 letters written by William Thornton in response to John Law's August 10, 1807 letter.

  • Text box: 4 folder: 12
    Edmund Law, Washington, to John Law, Baltimore
    Law, Edmund, 1790-1829
    3 pages
    1804 May 18English.
  • Text box: 4 folder: 13
    William D. Sims, Pittsburgh, to John Law, Washington City
    1 pages
    1809 June 22English.
  • Text box: 4 folder: 14
    Robert Brent to Joseph Forrest, John Law, and Peter Miller
    3 pages
    1809 August 14English.
  • Text box: 4 folder: 15
    Susan Wheeler Decatur to George Hay
    Decatur, Susan Wheeler
    1 pages
    circa 1807English.
    Scope and Contents

    Letter discussing the court martial of Commodore James Barron, who would later kill Commodore Stephen Decatur in duel in 1820.

  • Text box: 4 folder: 16
    John Law to William Thornton, draft copy
    Law, John, 1784?-1822
    1 pages
    1807 August 10English.
Series 9. Papers of Lloyd Nicholas Rogers
Text Shelf: I:2 1810-1857English.
  • Text box: 4 folder: 17
    Lloyd Nicholas Rogers, New York, to General Henry Lee, draft
    Rogers, Lloyd Nicholas, approximately 1788-1860
    11 pages
    1810 January 24English.
    Scope and Contents

    Draft of letter from Lloyd Nicholas Rogers to Major-General Henry Lee discussing the life of Baron de Kalb.

  • Text box: 4 folder: 18
    Receipts for lots in Washington purchased at auction by Lloyd Nicholas Rogers and Edmund Law Rogers
    6 Leaves
    1849 May-JuneEnglish.
  • Text box: 4 folder: 19
    Letters to Lloyd Nicholas Rogers about the sale of lots in Washington
    1849-18521849 June1852 April 61852 June 41852 December 281852 October 11English.
  • Text box: 4 folder: 20
    Letters to Lloyd Nicholas Rogers about the sale of lots in Washington
    1853-18571853 February 21854 March 31854 June 161845 August 251857 October 20English.
Series 10. Papers of Edmund Law Rogers
Text Shelf: I:3 1850-1857English.
  • Text box: 5 folder: 01
    Bond of conveyance from Edmund Law Rogers to James B. Ager and William McLean
    2 pages
    1850 December 19English.
    Scope and Contents

    Bond of conveyance for Lot No. 1 in Square 260 in Washington City, District of Columbia.

  • Text box: 5 folder: 02
    Bill for advertising in the National Intelligencer
    1856 March 15English.
    Scope and Contents

    Bill for $21 addressed to Edmund Law Rogers for advertising the sale of lots in the City of Washington in the newspaper the National Intelligencer.

  • Text box: 5 folder: 03
    Deed of trust indenture from John H. Phillips and Emeline W. Phillips to William H. Ward
    3 pages
    1852 December 7English.
    Scope and Contents

    An indenture form reassigning a parcel of property in Washington City. The Deed of Trust form is marked at the top of the first page "Printed and Sold by Robert A. Waters, D. st., bet. 9th & 10th."

  • Text box: 5 folder: 04
    Deed in fee indenture from Edmund Law Rogers and Charlotte M. L. Rogers to Johnathan T. Walker
    3 pages
    1857 MayEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    Unsigned indenture for the sale of lots in the City of Washington. Docketed in pencil "sale not made."

  • Text box: 5 folder: 05
    Prices of certain Lots in Washington and names of purchasers
    circa 1850English.
    Scope and Contents

    1 survey plat of lots in Washington along Canal St, and 2 pages of notes listing the prices of lots and the names of their purchasers.

  • Text box: 5 folder: 06
    Correspondence, receipts, and promissory notes between Edmund Law Rogers and James Adams
    Rogers, Edmund Law1849-1857English.
    Scope and Contents

    Documents related to the sale of property in Washington.

  • Text box: 5 folder: 07
    Lenman and Brother, Washington City, to Edmund Law Rogers, Baltimore
    18491849 October 161849 December 26English.
    Scope and Contents

    2 letters about the sale of property in Washington.

  • Text box: 5 folder: 08
    Correspondence between Edmund Law Rogers, William Warder, and James Adams
    Rogers, Edmund Law1849-18501849 July 51850 May 291850 June 24English.
    Scope and Contents

    Correspondence about the sale of property in Washington.

  • Text box: 5 folder: 09
    N. Callan, Washington, to Edmund Law Rogers, Baltimore
    1850 August 17-23English.
    Scope and Contents

    2 letters about the sale of property in Washington

  • Text box: 5 folder: 10
    Letters to Edmund Law Rogers about selling lots in Washington
    1850-18551850 October 281852 May 41855 February 18English.
  • Text box: 5 folder: 11
    George Washington Parke Custis and Martha Custis Williams, Arlington House, to Edmund Law Rogers
    Custis, George Washington Parke, 1781-1857
    3 pages
    1855 February 24English.
    Scope and Contents

    1 page autograph letter signed by George Washington Parke Custis to Edmund Law Rogers, with additional letter from Martha Custis Williams written on verso. Custis writes, "From the very graphic account you gave Martha Williams of your visit to Mr Fenno, I see but a poor chance of my Drama being brought out [in Baltimore]." He asks Rogers to inquire of his "theater going friends" if any other Baltimore theatres will perform the work. If not, he asks Rogers to return the book care of William Adam Bookseller Pennsylvania Avenie Washington. In her letter, Williams passes on a request from "Aunt B" (Britannia Wellington Peter Kennon) to send the "little manuscript book, containing an inventory of the Mt Vernon relics at Tudor Place, as she is much at a loss, with regard to the history of many things in the House." Britannia Peter had inherited Tudor Place the year before, in 1854. Williams adds to Rogers that she hopes he will not make too much effort to have Uncle Custis's play produced because "Cousin Mary Lee and all his family are so much opposed to it." Williams hopes Custis will focus on finishing his Recollections instead.

  • Text box: 5 folder: 12
    William McCormick, Registers Office, Washington, to Edmund Law Rogers
    1 pages
    1852 January 28English.
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from the Commisioners of the Sinking Fund of the Corporation of Washington.

Series 11. Papers of Robert Peter
Text Shelf: I:3 Text Shelf: I:4 1722-1852English.
  • Subseries 11.1. Accounts
    English.
    • Text box: 5 folder: 13
      Accounts of Robert Peter with Bernard O'Neill and Williams Dearkins
      1781-1795English.
      Scope and Contents

      Invoices, notes, and receipts from accounts between Robert Peter and the firm O'Neill and Dearkins. Includes an invoice for tobacco, sugar, corduroy, gauze, linen, chocolate, silk, muslin, paper, wine, ribbons, pins, cotton, and tea.

    • Text box: 5 folder: 14
      Unknown accounts
      1 Leaves
      1791-1794English.
      Scope and Contents

      Unknown list of accounts, believed to be from Robert Peter.

    • Text box: 5 folder: 15
      Accounts of Robert Peter with Benjamin Ray
      1 Leaves
      1794-1797English.
    • Text box: 5 folder: 16
      Accounts of John Barkman with Robert Peter
      6 pages
      1796-1807English.
    • Text box: 5 folder: 17
      Accounts of James Offutt with Robert Peter
      1796-1810English.
    • Text box: 5 folder: 18
      Pages from account book of Charles Webber
      4 pages
      1797 October-NovemberEnglish.
      Scope and Contents

      Pages from account book with the note "These leaves was received by James S Webber from Mrs. Esther H Webber wife of Mr Levi Webber of Vassalboro Kennebeck Co. Maine being a part of account Book of Charles Webber, my Grand Father, his own handwriting. Received by me June 22 1878." The accounts include invoices for cod fish, bacon, molasses, tea, rum, sugar, silk, shoes, brandy, wine, coffee, and corn.

    • Text box: 5 folder: 19
      Accounts of James Gannon with Robert Peter
      2 pages
      1797-1810English.
      Scope and Contents

      Includes accounts for flour, pork, beef, lamb, and veal.

    • Text box: 5 folder: 20
      Accounts of Thomas Nicholls with Robert Peter
      1803-1810English.
    • Text box: 5 folder: 21
      Accounts of Rhod Maginnis with Robert Peter
      1 pages
      1808-1813English.
  • Subseries 11.2. Financial Documents
    English.
    • Text box: 5 folder: 22
      Bond of conveyance from Phillip Holt and Thomas Howard to Robert Peter
      1 pages
      1762 August 1English.
      Scope and Contents

      Bond for the conveyance of a parcel of property called Black Oak Thickett in Frederick County, Maryland.

    • Text box: 5 folder: 23
      Accounts of John Robbins with Robert Peter
      1797-1810English.
    • Text box: 5 folder: 23
      Accounts of John Manly with Robert Peter
      1801-1810English.
    • Text box: 5 folder: 23
      Accounts of Arthur Steel with Robert Peter
      1805-1810English.
    • Text box: 5 folder: 24
      Accounts of Mary Atwood with Robert Peter
      1801-1810English.
    • Text box: 5 folder: 25
      Accounts of rent payment
      1 pages
      1804-1805English.
      Scope and Contents

      Page of rent payment accounts in unknown hand.

    • Text box: 5 folder: 26
      Accounts of Thomas Nicholls of John with Robert Peter
      1 pages
      1794-1802English.
    • Text box: 5 folder: 27
      Accounts of Isaiah and Edward Nicholls with Robert Peter
      1811-1812English.
    • Text box: 5 folder: 28
      Receipt for 14 hogs bought from Robert Peter by H. W. Blunt
      1852 December 22English.
    • Text box: 5 folder: 29
      Fragment of bond paid by Robert Peter
      1774English.
  • Subseries 11.3. Legal Documents
    English.
    • Text box: 6 folder: 01
      Accounts disputed between Robert Peter and Benjamin Ray
      1795-1799English.
      Scope and Contents

      3 documents related to disputed accounts between Robert Peter and Benjamin Ray. One with a note by John T. Mason dated February 27, 1799, "He has no shadow of right to one shilling on this [account]."

    • Text box: 6 folder: 02
      List of Robert Peter's court appearances
      1796 May-OctoberEnglish.
    • Text box: 6 folder: 03
      Court documents and accounts related to Robert Peter
      11 Leaves
      1796-1797English.
    • Text box: 6 folder: 04
      Court documents and accounts related to Robert Peter
      1799English.
    • Text box: 6 folder: 05
      Fragment of indenture deed between Ninian Edmondston and William Douglass
      2 pages
      1766 July 2English.
    • Text box: 6 folder: 06
      Lawsuit against Robert Peter by James Gordon, Henry Riddell, John Campbell, John Campbell Junior, Alexander Low, and William Ingram
      2 pages
      1785 October 18English.
    • Text box: 6 folder: 07
      Fragment of list of legal cases
      1766 June 4-July 19English.
  • Subseries 11.4. Land Documents
    English.
    • Text box: 6 folder: 08
      Bill of sale from John Scrivenor to Richard Miles and William Scrivenor
      1789 December 2English.
      Scope and Contents

      The list of articles sold includes an enslaved man named Ned, 1 black horse, 1 mare and mare colt, and 3 beds and furniture.

    • Text box: 6 folder: 09
      Certificate and plat of the fragment acre in Montgomery County surveyed for Robert Peter
      1 pages
      1804 June 26English.
      Scope and Contents

      Certificate and plat for 5 3/4 acres of vacant land granted by special warrant to Robert Peter out of the Western Shore Land Office of Washington County in the District of Columbia.

    • Text box: 6 folder: 10
      Plat of the Division of the late Robert Peter's Square in George Town
      1 pages
      circa 1806English.
      Scope and Contents

      Hand colored survey plat showing the division of Robert Peter's Square in George Town. Docketed on verso "Plat belonging to Thomas Peter's Square in George Town."

    • Text box: 6 folder: 11
      Records of Robert Peter's lots in the Federal City
      1809 May 29English.
    • Text box: 6 folder: 12
      Survey of Bealls Plaines granted to Charles Beall
      1 pages
      1722 July 20English.
      Scope and Contents

      Survey of land called Bealls Plaines in what became Washington City, along Goose Creek, later renamed Tiber Creek.

    • Text box: 6 folder: 13
      Surveys of Brightwells Hunting Quarters and Lewis's Discovery
      1 pages
      1734 June 141742 November 6English.
    • Text box: 6 folder: 14
      Fragment of survey and plat of Preston Marsh, Frederick County
      1750 January 2English.
    • Text box: 6 folder: 15
      Correspondence, surveys, and receipts related to land purchased by Robert Peter
      1766-17731766 September 21-231766 November 131767 February 101773 May 12English.
    • Text box: 6 folder: 16
      Correspondence related to surveying of Partnership
      Peter, Thomas, 1769-1834
      2 Leaves
      1794 April 24English.
      Scope and Contents

      One undated note by Thomas Peter and one letter from William Dearkins and Ben Stoddert to Stephen Chiswell about resurveying about 200 acres called Partnership granted to Elting Williams.

    • Text box: 6 folder: 17
      George Scott to Robert Peter, George Town
      2 pages
      6 February 1796English.
      Scope and Contents

      A letter about resurveying a parcel of propery called Hazard.

    • Text box: 6 folder: 18
      Survey of Champions Delight by Peace of Plenty, Bethsheba, and Echoes Adventure
      probably 1790sEnglish.
    • Text box: 6 folder: 19
      Division of real estate lots owned by Robert Peter
      early 1800sEnglish.
    • Text box: 6 folder: 20
      Land grant to John Flint for a parcel of land called Flint's Discovery in Prince George's County, Maryland
      1725 May 17English.
      Scope and Contents

      Manuscript on parchment with large seal attached by a ribbon.

    • Text box: 6 folder: 21
      Land grant to Stephen Lewis for a parcel of land called Lewis' Discovery in Prince George's County, Maryland
      1 Leaves Form printed on parchment with large intact seal attached by a ribbon.
      1742 November 10English.
    • Text box: 6 folder: 22
      Land grant to Josias Holland for a parcel of land called Batchellor's Purchase in Frederick County, Maryland
      1 Leaves Form printed on parchment.
      1757 August 22English.
    • Text box: 6 folder: 23
      Land grant to Robert Peter for parcel of land called Plain Dealing Enlarged in Prince George's County, Maryland
      1 Leaves Form printed on parchment with large intact seal attached by a ribbon.
      1763 May 24English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 01
      Land grant to Richard Henderson for parcel of land called Low Land in Frederick County, Maryland
      1 Leaves Form printed on parchment with large, intact seal attached by a ribbon.
      1764 February 20English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 02
      Grant to Robert Peter to resurvey a parcel of land called Bear Den in Frederick County, Maryland
      1 Leaves Form printed on parchment with large, intact seal attached by a ribbon.
      1765 March 19English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 03
      Land grant to Robert Peter for parcel of land called Hiccory Thicket in Montgomery County, Maryland
      1 pages Manuscript on parchment with seal attached by a ribbon.
      1781 May 12English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 04
      Land grant to Robert Peter for parcel of land called Double Distilled Brandy in Montgomery County, Maryland
      1 Leaves Manuscript on parchment with seal attached by a ribbon.
      1791 September 30English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 05
      Land grant to Robert Peter for an addition to the parcel of land called Bears Den in Montgomery County, Maryland
      1 Leaves Manuscript on parchment with large seal attached by a ribbon.
      1795 October 17English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 06
      Land grant to Nathaniel Ducker for parcel of land called Poor Richard's Almanack in Montgomery County, Maryland
      1 Leaves Manuscript on parchment with large seal attached by a ribbon.
      1795 March 19English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 07
      Land grant to Robert Peter for parcel of land called Mexico in Prince George's County, Maryland
      1 Leaves Manuscript on parchment with large seal attached by a ribbon.
      1796 October 28English.
  • Subseries 11.5. Estate Documents
    English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 08
      Accounts of Bennet H. Clements with Robert Peter
      1 pages
      1804-1810English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 09
      Accounts of Lewis Beall and Archd. Mulliken with the estate of Robert Peter
      2 Leaves
      1807-1811English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 10
      Accounts with the estate of Robert Peter
      1807-1808English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 11
      Accounts of Thomas Cross with the estate of Robert Peter
      1 pages
      1808English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 12
      Robert Peter's part of his Father's Estate
      2 pages
      circa 1808English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 13
      Lots from the division of James Peter's estate
      2 Leaves
      circa 1808English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 14
      List of livestock and slaves from the Peter estate
      1 pages
      circa 1808English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 15
      Research on Robert Peter's Deed of Trust book at the Library of Congress
      1900sEnglish.
Series 12. Papers of Thomas Peter
Text Shelf: I:4 Text Shelf: I:5 1732-1852English.
  • Subseries 12.1. Financial Documents
    English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 16
      Accounts of Martha Washington with MacLeod & Lumsdon for sundries
      1 pages
      1800 February 181800 July 8-August 91800 October 9English.
      Scope and Contents

      List of items purchased by Martha Washington from Macleod & Lumsdon, dated at the top 18 February 1800, Alexandria. The accounts, dated 8 July and 9 August, include entries for 47 panes of glass, oil, paint for 30 mahoghany chairs, paint for a wine cooler, varnishing, picture frame gilding, and glazing. Signed by Macleod & Lumdsdon at the bottom, noting that the above money was received in full 9 October 1800.

    • Text box: 7 folder: 16
      Account of Martha Washington with Captain Daniel Lecoeke for 790 bushels of corn
      1 pages
      1800 May 2English.
      Scope and Contents

      Receipt signed "Daniel Lecock" for payment received by the hands of James Anderson on behalf of Martha Washington for 790 bushels of corn on 2 May 1800.

    • Text box: 7 folder: 17
      Accounts of Martha Washington with William Keating
      1 pages
      1800 April 23-1801 November 10English.
      Scope and Contents

      Accounts dated 23 April-23 September 1800 for weaving yards of cotton, wool, and other fabrics. The payments are marked as having been paid "By balance due the Estate of General Washington," by cash, by 41 gallons of whiskey, and barrells of herring. The final payment is marked as received from James Anderson on 10 November 1801.

    • Text box: 7 folder: 18
      Accounts of Alexander Henderson with Thomas Peter
      1 pages
      1802 DecemberEnglish.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 19
      Accounts with the executors of Robert Peter's estate
      1803-1807English.
    • Text box: 7 folder: 20
      Receipt for one hundred barrels of corn sold to Mount Vernon for the use of the estate
      1802 September 6English.
      Scope and Contents

      Receipt of payment from Thomas Peter to Lawrence Lewis for three hundred dollars for one hundred barrels of corn sold to Mount Vernon for the use of the estate. Signed by John Anderson.

    • Text box: 7 folder: 20
      Receipt of legacy left to Eleanor Calvert Custis Stuart by Martha Washington
      Stuart, David, 1753-1814
      1 pages
      1802 July 23English.
      Scope and Contents

      Receipt written by Dr. David Stuart for the receipt from Thomas Peter for five guineas, the leagcy left by Martha Washington to Eleanor Calvert Custis Stuart.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 01
      Payment for repairs to Mrs. Washington's house in the District of Columbia
      1802 August 23English.
      Scope and Contents

      Payment from Thomas Law to Griffith Coombs for repairs to Martha Washington's townhome in the District Columbia occupied by Henry Dearborn. Payment marked by Coombs as received in full from Thomas Peter on August 23, 1802.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 02
      Receipts for dishes and linen bought by Thomas Peter in Baltimore
      1809 October 14English.
    • Text box: 8 folder: 03
      Bill for funeral arrangements for Columbia Washington Peter
      1 pages
      1820 December 4English.
      Scope and Contents

      Receipt for funeral arrangements paid by Thomas Peter to William King on December 4, 1820 following the death of his twenty-three-year-old daughter Columbia Washington Peter. The arrangements include a "walnut coffin lined," silver plate and engraving, and rental of horses, a hearse, and attendants.

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      Doctor's bill for amputation of a man's leg
      1824 March 51825 January 4English.
      Scope and Contents

      Bill from Dr. Warfield to Thomas Peter for a visit to a "black man in the night" on March 5, 1824 which resulted in the amputation of the man's leg.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 05
      Tuition bills for Britannia Wellington Peter
      1820-1826English.
    • Text box: 8 folder: 06
      Tuition bills for dancing lessons for Britannia Wellington Peter
      Kennon, Britannia Wellington Peter, 1815-1911Peter, Martha Parke Custis, 1777-1854
      2 pages
      1826 April 221828 April 16English.
      Scope and Contents

      Two bills from P.L. Dupont paid by Martha Parke Custis Peter for dancing lessons for her daughter Britannia.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 07
      Receipt for 100 fish barrels received from James Anderson
      1800 May 15English.
      Scope and Contents

      Receipt for $25 paid by Thomas Carwood to James Anderson for 100 barrels of fish from Mount Vernon.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 08
      Accounts of Martha Washington with printer Ellis Price
      1 pages
      1800 May 27English.
      Scope and Contents

      Accounts dated February 13, March 11, and April 12, 1800 for newspaper advertisements and handbills purchased by Martha Washington from Ellis Price, printer of The Columbian Mirror and Alexandria Gazette. Items Martha purchased include 26 advertisements for a house to rent, an advertisement about the Mount Vernon fishery, 23 advertisements about the donkey Knight of Malta, and notice about the runaway slave Marcus.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 09
      Distillery receipt for a cow and two calves received by John Anderson from Thomas Peter
      1802 August 15English.
    • Text box: 8 folder: 10
      Bill from James Craik for medical services rendered during Martha Washington's last illness
      1 pages
      1802 August 20English.
      Scope and Contents

      Bill addressed to the Esate of Mrs. Martha Washington, Deceased for $200 due to James Craik for medical services rendered Mrs. Washington during her last illness and $5 for cash paid Heyskill for the hire of his carriage. A signed oath by Jacbo Hoffman testifies to the validity of the charges.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 11
      Receipts from Aquila Johns to Thomas Peter
      1803-1810English.
    • Text box: 8 folder: 12
      Accounts of James Dunlop with Thomas Peter
      1 pages
      1814 January 101810 January 1English.
      Scope and Contents

      Accounts of Mr. James Dunlop with Thomas Peter, for horses, ploughs, and an enslaved woman named Peg. Peg is likely one of the slaves Martha Parke Custis Peter inherited from the Custis estate.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 13
      Receipt of legacy left to Benjamin Lincoln Lear from Martha Washington
      1 pages
      1813 June 19English.
      Scope and Contents

      Receipt for one hundred pounds Virginia currency received by Benjamin Lincoln Lear from Thomas Peter, one of the executors of Martha Washington's estate.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 14
      Receipts for payments between Thomas Peter and George Peter
      Peter, Thomas, 1769-1834
      2 Leaves
      1822-1829English.
    • Text box: 8 folder: 15
      Pew fee paid by Thomas Peter to St. John's Church
      1826 October 10English.
    • Text box: 8 folder: 16
      H. B. Morris, Philadelphia, to Thomas Peter, Georgetown
      2 pages
      1823 October 29English.
      Scope and Contents

      Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. A letter about bank accounts and stock certificates.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 17
      Patowmack Company stock shares, No. 89 and No. 91
      2 Leaves
      1828 June 30English.
      Scope and Contents

      Two stock share certificates for the Patowmack Company (Potomac Company). Share No. 89 is for Martha Peter, and No. 91 for Thomas Peter.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 18
      Colonial currency
      1775-1776English.
      Scope and Contents

      One dollar printed in Annapolis by F. Green, 7 December 1775. Two thirds of a dollar printed in Philadelphia by Hall and Sellers, 17 February 1776.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 19
      Wages paid to George Smith for hire as smith at Mount Vernon
      1803 January 12English.
      Scope and Contents

      Payment of $50 received by George Smith of Woodlawn from Thomas Peter on 12 January 1803 for hire as a blacksmith at Mount Vernon in the year 1802. Signed by George Smith (his mark) and Lawrence Lewis. George Smith was one of George Washington's slaves who was freed after Washington's death. His wife, Lydia, was one of Martha Washington's dower slaves and was inherited by Nelly Parke Custis Lewis of Woodlawn.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 19
      Wages paid to Richard Burnett for the year 1802
      1803 April 1English.
      Scope and Contents

      Twenty dollars wages paid to Richard Burnett of the City of Washingon by Thomas Peter for the year 1802.

  • Subseries 12.2. Land Documents
    English.
    • Text box: 8 folder: 20
      Land office papers for the resurvey of Bear Denn, Daniels Discovery, and Partnership in Maryland
      2 pages
      1732English.
    • Text box: 8 folder: 21
      Survey notes for Lucy's Delight owned by James Robertson
      1760 August 6English.
    • Text box: 8 folder: 21
      Survey notes for 3 lots purchased by Thomas Peter in Hagerstown
      1809 December 20English.
    • Text box: 8 folder: 22
      William Chiswell to George Washington Peter
      1 pages
      1834 September 12English.
      Scope and Contents

      Letter about resurveying property owned by George Washington Peter.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 23
      Unsigned indenture between William Littlefield and Jacob Maters
      1 pages
      1767English.
      Scope and Contents

      With unknown survey plat on verso.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 24
      Aquila Johns to Thomas Peter on sale of Seneca plantation
      3 Leaves
      1803 February 201803 March 141808 August 20English.
    • Text box: 8 folder: 25
      Note from Sarah Norfleet Freeland Peter relinquishing title to tract of land called Forrest
      1 pages
      1829 October 23English.
      Scope and Contents

      Autograph letter signed by Sarah Norfleet Freeland Peter, wife of Thomas Peter's brother George, relinquishing right title and interest on a tract of land called Forrest, property of her husband, in order to pay his debts.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 26
      List of property in Montgomery County Maryland owned by Thomas Peter
      circa 1830English.
  • Subseries 12.3. Estate Documents
    English.
    • Text box: 8 folder: 27
      Unsigned indenture between Thomas and George Peter and James Peter
      2 pages
      1800sEnglish.
    • Text box: 8 folder: 28
      Unsigned indenture between Aquila Johns and Thomas Peter
      3 pages
      1811 February 20English.
    • Text box: 8 folder: 29
      Accounts of the Estate of George Washington with Edward Stabler
      Stabler, Edward, 1769-1831
      1 pages
      1800English.
      Scope and Contents

      A list of accounts between the Estate of George Washington and Alexandria apothecary Edward Stabler, including purchases for Turlington's Balsam, castor oil, arsenic, balsam copaiva, British oil, salts, purified Salt Petre, cantharides, ipecacuanha, laudanum, tumeric, and opodildo. Payments are marked as received by James Anderson.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 30
      List of Martha Washington's slaves
      2 pages
      1801 March 5English.
      Scope and Contents

      Manuscript titled "A List of Negroes belonging to Mrs. Washington." A list of 121 enslaved persons who were Martha's dower slaves. Unlike the slaves owned by George Washington, Martha's slaves were not freed after her death and were inherited by the Custis descendants. Men, boys, women, and girls and listed in separate columns, each further broken down into the places where they worked: Mansion house, River Farm, Muddy Hole, and Union Farm. Five women - Amy, Alice, Peg, Agnes, and Old Judy - are listed as "Free but yet remain."

    • Text box: 8 folder: 31
      Accounts of George Washington Parke Custis with the Estate of Martha Washington
      1802-1826English.
      Scope and Contents

      Accounts from 1802 for furniture and household goods purchased by George Washington Parke Custis from the Estate of Martha Washington. The final payment was made in 1826, and the account is signed by Thomas Peter, executor of the estate.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 32
      Account of Sales of the Personal Estate of Martha Washington : photocopy
      2 pages
      circa 1802English.
      Scope and Contents

      A list of the household belongings sold by Thomas Peter from the personal estate of Martha Washington. Includes a listing of who purchased each item and the price it sold for.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 33
      Certificate of renumeration to the executorship of George Washington Parke Custis
      1802 September 10English.
      Scope and Contents

      Signed certificate from the executors of General George Washington to the Clerk of Fairfax.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 34
      Deed of trust to George Calvert and Thomas Peter from Thomas Law
      4 pages
      1804 August 9English.
      Scope and Contents

      Signed indenture for sale of land in the City of Washington.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 34
      Articles of agreement between George Calvert and Thomas Peter with Thomas Law related to his separation from Elizabeth Parke Custis Law
      3 pages
      1804 August 9English.
      Scope and Contents

      Articles of agreement between George Calvert and Thomas Peter with Thomas Law, agreeing that Thomas Law and his wife Eliza Parke Custis Law will live separately. Eliza will receive $1500 per year from Law, and all the interest from her inheritance from George Washington will go to her and her daughter.

    • Text box: 8 folder: 35
      Accounts of the estate of Robert Peter with James Dunlop
      1806-1812English.
      Scope and Contents

      3 sheets of accounts between the estate of Robert Peter and James Dunlop, including the sale of "5 negroes willed Mrs. Peter." These are some of Martha's dower slaves inherited by Martha Parke Custis Peter. One additional sheet lists accounts between the heirs of Robert Peter and John Hicks, dated 1809-1811.

    • Text box: 9 folder: 01
      Accounts of Michael Halmes with the estate of Robert Peter
      1 pages
      1807-1810English.
    • Text box: 9 folder: 02
      Thomas Peter, George Town, to Bushrod Washington, Mount Vernon
      Peter, Thomas, 1769-1834
      2 pages
      1827 December 8English.
      Scope and Contents

      Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. Thomas Peter writes to Bushrod about money owed for two purchases he made from the estate of George Washington.

    • Text box: 9 folder: 03
      Receipt of legacy left to Lorenzo Lewis from Martha Washington
      Lewis, Lawrence, 1767-1839
      1 pages
      1826 May 13English.
      Scope and Contents

      Receipt written by Lawrence Lewis acknowledging receipt from Thomas Peter of three hundred and twenty-six dollars eighteen cent left to his son Lorenzo Lewis as a legacy from Martha Washington.

    • Text box: 9 folder: 04
      Receipt of legacy left to daughter of George Washington Parke Custis from Martha Washington
      Custis, George Washington Parke, 1781-1857
      1 pages
      1826 June 30English.
      Scope and Contents

      Receipt signed by George Washington Parke Custis acknowledging the receipt from Thomas Peter of one thousand dollars as a legacy left to his daughter from the late Martha Washington.

    • Text box: 9 folder: 05
      Payment to John Dandridge for decree against executors of Martha Washington's estate
      1830 June 21English.
      Scope and Contents

      2 documents related to decree made by John Dandridge against George Washington Parke Custis and Thomas Peter, executors of Martha Washington's estate. One is signed by Benjamin Lincoln Lear.

  • Subseries 12.4. Correspondence
    English.
    • Text box: 9 folder: 06
      Thomas Peter's daybook
      Peter, Thomas, 1769-18341813-1814English.
      Scope and Contents

      Pamphlet stitch binding with marbled paper covers. Contains notes about purchases made by Thomas Peter 1813-1814.

    • Text box: 9 folder: 07
      Calling card of Le Baron de Maltitz
      1823English.
      Scope and Contents

      Calling card from Le Baron de Maltitz, Secretaire de la Legation Imperiale de Russie. Manuscript date 1823 on verso.

    • Text box: 9 folder: 08
      Thomas Peter to Thomas Law
      Peter, Thomas, 1769-1834
      1 pages
      1798 November 22English.
      Scope and Contents

      Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. Regarding financial matters.

    • Text box: 9 folder: 09
      John Dandridge to Thomas Peter, George Town
      2 pages
      1823 April 22English.
      Scope and Contents

      John Dandridge writes to Thomas Peter asking to borrow money from the estate of Martha Washington.

    • Text box: 9 folder: 10
      Thomas Peter, George Town, to George Peter
      Peter, Thomas, 1769-18341830 April 25English.
    • Text box: 9 folder: 11
      Josiah Quincy, Cambridge, to Martha Parke Custis Peter, Georgetown
      Quincy, Josiah, 1772-1864
      2 pages
      1836 June 13English.
      Scope and Contents

      Autograph letter signed, with envelope. Josiah Quincy thanks Martha Parke Custis Peter for her generous reeption of his children at Tudor Place and thanks her for the relic of George Washington that she sent back with them.

    • Text box: 9 folder: 12
      Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis to Lewis William Washington : copy
      Lewis, Eleanor Parke Custis, 1779-1852
      4 pages
      1852 January 31English.
      Scope and Contents

      A contemporary manuscript copy of a letter in which Nelly Parke Custis describes having seen George Washington writing his farewell address at Mount Vernon. When the address was finished, she says he asked her to bring him silk string, and she watched him stitch the address together in front of her. Nelly writes this as a rebuke to one of Alexander Hamilton's sons, who claims his father wrote the farewell address.

    • Text box: 9 folder: 13
      Notes by O. H. Williams and Robert Peter
      circa 1800-1810English.
    • Text box: 9 folder: 14
      Last will and testament of Horatio Edmondson of Taylor County, Maryland
      3 pages
      1810 August 3English.
    • Text box: 9 folder: 15
      Letter about photostat copies of papers relating to Martha Washington's estate at the Library of Congress
      circa 1950English.
Series 13. Papers of Britannia W. Peter Kennon
Text Shelf: I:5 1824-1909English.
  • Subseries 13.1. Financial Documents
    English.
    • Text box: 9 folder: 16
      Receipt from George Washington Peter in trust for Martha Peter
      1842 February 4English.
    • Text box: 9 folder: 17
      Plan of burying ground belonging to Mrs. Beverley Kennon
      1844 March 11English.
      Scope and Contents

      3 documents related to the death of Beverley Kennon, husband of Britannia W. Peter Kennon, who died aboard the USS Princeton during the 1844 Peacemaker accident: a newspaper clipping with an excerpt from a sermon by Reverend Mr. Magoon on the Princeton Tragedy, a plan of the burying ground belonging to Mrs. Beverly Kennon, and a certificate from the Vestry of Washington Parish granting Mrs. Beverley Kennon four sites in the Washington Parish Burial Ground.

    • Text box: 9 folder: 18
      Bills for work done at Beverley Kennon's gravesite
      1844-1845English.
    • Text box: 9 folder: 19
      Papers relating to business with Mr. John Farley and Britannia W. Peter Kennon
      1845-1849English.
    • Text box: 9 folder: 20
      Britannia W. Peter Kennon's daybook
      Kennon, Britannia Wellington Peter, 1815-19111852-1853English.
    • Text box: 9 folder: 21
      Receipts for legacies left by Martha Parke Custis Peter
      1855 November 6English.
      Scope and Contents

      Receipts for two legacies received of Britannia W. Peter Kennon, executor of Martha Parke Custis Peter's estate. One is for a descendant named Thomas Peter and another for her grandson John Parke Custis Peter.

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      One share in the Bank of the Valley in Virginia belonging to Britannia W. Peter Kennon
      1855 May 25English.
    • Text box: 9 folder: 23
      Potomac Insurance Company policy on Tudor Place
      1862-1889English.
    • Text box: 9 folder: 24
      Receipt for interment of remains of the Peter family with Oak-Hill Cemetery Company
      1891 October 30-November 9English.
  • Subseries 13.2. Legal Documents
    English.
    • Text box: 10 folder: 01
      Will of Thomas Peter : copy
      Peter, Thomas, 1769-1834
      2 pages
      1826 February 11English.
    • Text box: 10 folder: 02
      Indenture between Richard Smith and George W. Peter in trust for Martha Peter
      2 pages
      1830 October 16English.
    • Text box: 10 folder: 03
      Indenture between Thomas Peter, executor of the last will and testament of Robert Peter Jr., and John Parke Custis Peter
      3 pages
      1830 October 16English.
    • Text box: 10 folder: 04
      Resolution of the Senate of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg
      2 pages
      1844 March 1English.
      Scope and Contents

      Manuscript resolution of the Senate of Pennsylvania offering sympathy to the families of those killed aboard the USS Princeton during the Peacemaker accident. This copy was given by the President of the United States to Britannia W. Peter Kennon, whose husband, Beverley Kennon, was killed in the accident.

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      Oath signed by Britannia W. Peter Kennon to execute the estate of Martha Parke Custis Peter
      1854 July 22English.
      Scope and Contents

      Printed form signed by Britannia W. Peter Kennon and witnessed by William Purcell, esquire, Judge of the Orphans' Court of Washington county, District of Columbia.

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      The first and final account of Britannia W. Kennon Executrix of Martha Peter, deceased
      2 pages
      1855 October 25English.
      Scope and Contents

      A list of collections and payments made to sundry persons to settle the estate of Martha Parke Custis Peter.

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      Last will and testament of Ann Gertrude Wightt
      1865 July 12English.
      Scope and Contents

      Document tied with blue ribbon, with envelope. Last will and testament of Ann Gertrude Wightt, a former nun at the Georgetown Visitation Convent who later lived at Tudor Place.

    • Text box: 10 folder: 07
      Ann Gertrude Wightt, Rochester, to Britannia W. Peter Kennon, Tudor Place
      3 pages
      1865 July 13English.
      Scope and Contents

      Autograph letter, with envelope.

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      Papers related to the sale of Lot 9 in Square 72 of Washington City to William A. Gordon
      1889 October 4English.
      Scope and Contents

      Letter from William E. Edmonston to William A. Gordon, 1891 May 30. Two letters from William A. Gordon to Britannia W. Peter Kennon, 1891 June 3 and 1889 October 4. Typescript signed by William Gordon of Declaration of Trust for sale of Lot Nine, Square Seventy Two in Washington City, D.C..

    • Text box: 10 folder: 09
      Indenture between Britannia W. Peter Kennon and her grandsons regarding Mount Vernon heirlooms at Tudor Place
      Kennon, Britannia Wellington Peter, 1815-1911
      7 pages
      1907 October 9English.
      Scope and Contents

      Indenture made between Britannia Wellington Kennon, party of the first part, and Walter Gibson Peter, Armistead Peter Jr., and George Freeland Peter, parties of the second part, all of the District of Columbia, regarding relics and heirlooms at Tudor Place acquired by Britannia W. Peter Kennon from her mother Martha Custis Peter grand-daughter of Martha the wife of George Washington, known in the family as "The Mount Vernon Heirlooms." Other relics are from the estates of Thomas Peter and Beverley Kennon. Britannia wishes that these relics be preserved by her descendants and that none of them be sold or disposed of.

      These include pictures, miniatures, engravings, glass, china, silver, jewelry, furniture, needlework, and other relics, including a sago palm formerly belonging to Martha Parke Custis Peter. The relics and heirlooms are to be divided into five parts after Britannia's death and delivered to her grandchildren.

    • Text box: 10 folder: 10
      Paper wrappers labeled Wills of Thomas & Martha Custis Peter
      circa 1850sEnglish.
  • Subseries 13.3. Correspondence
    English.
    • Text box: 10 folder: 11
      Title page of A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary ... (New York : Printed and published by William A. Davies)
      Kennon, Britannia Wellington Peter, 1815-1911
      1 pages
      1824English.
      Scope and Contents

      Inscribed Britannia W. Peter.

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      Beverley Kennon, Navy Yard, Washington, to Reverend W. Hoff, George Town
      Kennon, Beverley, 1793-1844
      1 pages
      1842 December 6English.
      Scope and Contents

      Autograph letter signed. Kennon asks Reverend Hoff to be present at Mrs. Peter's place in George Town on the 8th to marry him to Britannia W. Peter.

    • Text box: 10 folder: 12
      Beverley Kennon to Britannia W. Peter Kennon
      Kennon, Beverley, 1793-18441843 March 7-21English.
      Scope and Contents

      2 autograph letters signed.

    • Text box: 10 folder: 13
      Mr. Chandler to Britannia W. Peter
      1 pages
      1842 December 5English.
    • Text box: 10 folder: 14
      John Tyler, Washington, to Britannia W. Peter Kennon
      Tyler, John, 1790-1862
      3 pages
      1844 March 4English.
      Scope and Contents

      Autograph letter signed on mourning stationary, with envelope and black seal. President John Tyler offers his condolences to Britannia W. Peter Kennon on the death of her husband, Beverley Kennon, during the Peacemaker accident aboard the USS Princeton.

    • Text box: 10 folder: 15
      G. T. Kennon to Britannia W. Peter Kennon, Tudor Place
      1845 April 20English.
    • Text box: 10 folder: 16
      Martha Custis Kennon, Georgetown, to Beverley Kennon Jr.
      Peter, Martha Custis Kennon, 1843-18861861 March 29English.
      Scope and Contents

      Autograph letter signed with envelope docketed "A letter written to Uncle Bev. by my mother while at boarding school given to me after Uncle Bev's death by Aunt G." Beverley Kennon Jr. was Martha Custis Kennon's half brother.

    • Text box: 10 folder: 17
      Letters written by Walter Gibson Peter
      Peter, Walter Gibson, 1842-18631860-1862English.
    • Text box: 10 folder: 18
      God Save the South : manuscript poem and illustration
      1863 November 1English.
    • Text box: 10 folder: 19
      Letters from unidentified cousin to Britannia W. Peter Kennon
      2 Leaves
      1867 April 24-May 5English.
    • Text box: 10 folder: 20
      W. Van Ness, New York, to Britannia W. Peter Kennon, Tudor Place, Georgetown
      2 pages
      1874 February 18English.
    • Text box: 10 folder: 21
      Department of the Interior, Pension Office, to Britannia W. Peter Kennon, Tudor Place, Georgetown
      1 pages
      1880 June 21English.
    • Text box: 10 folder: 22
      In memoriam : printed booklet on the death of Martha Custis Peter
      10 Copies
      1886 September 8English.
    • Text box: 10 folder: 23
      Mrs. Charles Carroll Simms to Britannia W. Peter Kennon, Georgetown
      1886 SeptemberEnglish.
    • Text box: 10 folder: 24
      Letters from James Mackubin, Ellicott City, to Britannia W. Peter Kennon
      3 Leaves
      1889-1891English.
    • Text box: 10 folder: 25
      Mattie D. Abbot to Britannia W. Peter Kennon, Tudor Place
      1 pages
      1886 October 14English.
      Scope and Contents

      From the Secretary of the Ladies Aid Society of Christ Church accepting Britannia Kennon's resignation as President.

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      Letters from Justine Van Rensselaer Townsend to Britannia W. Peter Kennon
      Townsend, Justine Van Rensselaer, 1828-1912
      2 Leaves
      1890-18921890 November 261892 April 13English.
      Scope and Contents

      Two letters from Justine Van Rensselaer Townsend, Vice Regent of New York for the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, to Britannia W. Peter Kennon. In the 26 November 1890 letter, Justine asks Britannia to help the Ladies determine what is genuine at the upcoming 1890 Thomas Birch's Sons sale of Washington relics in Philadelphia. The sale will include "General Washington's papers, a clock, a punch bowl, and many other things."

    • Text box: 11 folder: 02
      Invitation to Virginia Day the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago
      3 pages
      1893 August 9English.
      Scope and Contents

      Invitation from The Board of World's Fair Managers of Virginia inviting Britannia W. Peter Kennon to be present at the ceremonies of Virginia Day at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Enclosed with an envelope and the calling card of Mrs. William Radford Beale.

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      Lists of notes from real estate broker Thomas E. Waggaman
      2 Leaves
      1894-1898English.
    • Text box: 11 folder: 04
      Britannia W. Peter Kennon to Sophie
      Kennon, Britannia Wellington Peter, 1815-1911
      1 Leaves
      1899 October 3English.
    • Text box: 11 folder: 05
      Birthday ribbon and note from Harriet B. Coolidge to Britannia W. Peter Kennon
      1905 January 27English.
    • Text box: 11 folder: 06
      Certificate for Galt & Brother reproduction of Mount Vernon cream ladle
      1 pages
      1909 February 16
      Scope and Contents

      Engraved form ceritifying that "Cream Ladle No 68944 is an exact reproduction of one onwed by General and Mrs. Washington and used for a number of years at Mr. Vernon." The ladle was produced by Galt & Bro. Jewellers, Silversmiths, Stationers, Washington D.C..

    • Text box: 11 folder: 07
      Recipe for currant wine
      1 pages
      1800sEnglish.
    • Text box: 11 folder: 08
      Calling cards for Mrs. Beverley Kennon, Miss Kennon, and Dr. Armistead Peter
      between circa 1860 and circa 1880English.
      Scope and Contents

      Calling cards for Martha Custis Kennon and Armistead Peter. At home card with envelope for Britannia W. Peter Kennon, engraved by Dempsey & O. Toole of Baltimore & Washington.

    • Text box: 11 folder: 09
      Label for Richard Champion relief portrait of George Washington
      1 pages
      probably 1923English.
      Scope and Contents

      Lent by Walter G. Peter from the Britannia W. Peter Kennon Collection of Washington Relics.

    • Text box: 11 folder: 10
      Note from Genevieve Griswold Kennon to Britannia W. Peter Kennon
      between circa 1860 and circa 1900English.
      Scope and Contents

      Regarding the purchase of a clock.

    • Text box: 11 folder: 11
      Typescript lists of items from Mount Vernon at Tudor Place
      1900sEnglish.
      Scope and Contents

      Typescript lists of letters and items from Mount Vernon that were part of Britannia W. Peter Kennon's collection at Tudor Place.

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      Manuscript notebook of items from Mount Vernon
      1900sEnglish.
      Scope and Contents

      Unbound notebook with list of items and letters from Mount Vernon that belonged to Britannia W. Peter Kennon at Tudor Place. Includes a list of how the items were divided amongst Britannia's grandchildren.

    • Text box: 11 folder: 13
      Manuscript list of items at Tudor Place divided by room
      1900sEnglish.
      Scope and Contents

      Includes a list of how the items were divided amongst Britannia W. Peter Kennon's grandchildren.

    • Text box: 11 folder: 14
      Manuscript list of books, jewelry, and locks of hair at Tudor Place
      1900sEnglish.
    • Text box: 11 folder: 15
      Inventories of items from Tudor Place
      1900sEnglish.
      Scope and Contents

      Includes both manuscript and typescript inventories of books, furniture, and objects from Tudor Place.

    • Text box: 11 folder: 16
      Washington Relics loaned to National Museum by Walter Peter
      between circa 1920 and circa 1940English.
      Scope and Contents

      Newsclippings and correspondence related to Washington relics loaned by Walter G. Peter to the National Museum in the early 1900s.

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      Letter from Martha Custis Peter and photocopy of album created by Britannia W. Peter Kennon
      1998 March 10English.
Series 14. Papers of Major George Peter
Text Shelf: I:6 Text Shelf: I:7 Text Shelf: I:8 1800-1867English.
  • Subseries 14.1. Business Correspondence
    English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 01
      George Peter account book
      Peter, George, 1779-1861
      1 Volumes
      1817-1818English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 01
      Account of George Peter for burial expenses
      1 pages
      1813-1814English.
      Scope and Contents

      Includes a $5 charge on 23 October 1813 for a coffin "for a black man." On 9 February 1814, Peter was charged $50.00 for a lined coffin covered with black cloth, among other expenses, possibly following the death of his first wife, Ann Plater Peter, or one of their young sons.

    • Text box: 12 folder: 01
      R. Davidson, Pinckneyville, to George Peter, George Town
      1 pages
      1814 April 3English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 01
      A. Taney to George Peter
      2 pages
      1816 August 2English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 01
      Thomas Anderson, Clarksburgh, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1817 January 7English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 01
      Roger Brooke Taney, Annapolis, to George Peter
      Taney, Roger Brooke, 1777-1864
      3 pages
      1817 January 21English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 01
      A. Taney to George Peter
      2 pages
      1817 September 30English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 02
      Letter from unidentified Peter to George Peter
      2 pages
      1820 June 24English.
      Scope and Contents

      Autograph letter signed with printed cash form from the Office of Discount and Deposit, Washington.

    • Text box: 12 folder: 02
      Authorization to Henry B. Robertson for the recovery of goods from Robert Kilgorn
      1 Leaves
      1821 October 23English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 02
      Joseph Delaplaine, Philadelphia, to George Peter
      Delaplaine, Joseph, 1777-1824
      2 pages
      1818 December 1English.
      Scope and Contents

      Deplaine requests Major Peter's portrait for his gallery.

    • Text box: 12 folder: 02
      U. McInder, Petersburg, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1818 February 19English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 02
      Letter from unidentified, Annapolis, to George Peter
      4 pages
      1822 December 26English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 02
      S. Davis to George Peter
      3 pages
      1819 December 11English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 03
      W. Coor, Rockville, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1824 April 21English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 03
      Power of attorney granted by George Peter to Charles A. Burnett
      2 pages
      1823 May 3English.
      Scope and Contents

      Partially printed form from the District of Columbia. Major Peter grants Charles A. Burnett power of attorney to sell, assign, and transfer his 50 shares of stock in the Books of the Washington Turnpike Company.

    • Text box: 12 folder: 03
      Letter from unidentified, Annapolis, to George Peter
      5 pages
      1823 February 6English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 03
      Charles Bunting, Montgomery County, to George Peter
      4 pages
      1825 October 5English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 03
      Charles Bunting, Colesville, to George Peter
      Bunting, Charles
      3 pages
      1825 November 30English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 03
      James H., Georgetown, to George Peter
      2 pages
      1825 May 23English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 03
      Benjamin Lincoln Lear, Washington, to George Peter
      Lear, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lincoln), 1792-1832
      2 pages
      1825 March 18English.
      Scope and Contents

      Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. Lear writes regarding two suits againist Mrs. Sarah Peter.

    • Text box: 12 folder: 04
      John Wootton, Rockville, to George Peter
      3 pages
      1826 June 20English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 04
      John Holghan to George Peter
      3 pages
      1827 October 9English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 04
      Benjamin Lincoln Lear, Washington, to George Peter
      Lear, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lincoln), 1792-1832
      1 pages
      1827 September 14English.
      Scope and Contents

      Printed letter with manuscript additions, from B. L. Lear, Attorney of the Bank, Bank of the United States.

    • Text box: 12 folder: 04
      Document from the case of the petition of Thomas Plater for a private road through the land of George Peter
      2 pages
      1821English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 04
      Bill addressed to George Peter
      1 pages
      1824 November 23English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 05
      W. W. Ramsay, Washington, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1828 March 20English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 05
      J. B. Beverly to George Peter
      1 pages
      1828 January 1English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 05
      N. M. to George Peter
      1 pages
      1829 September 10English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 05
      S. Smith to George Peter
      2 pages
      1829 July 29English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 05
      J. Marbury to George Peter
      1 pages
      1829 November 20English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 05
      Letter from unidentified, Washington, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1825 April 16English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 05
      Letter from unidentified, Washington City, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1829 July 31English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 06
      B. H., Rockville, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1830 March 28English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 06
      Rezin Shace to George Peter
      1 pages
      1830 March 24English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 06
      Clement Cod, Georgetown, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1830 January 8English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 06
      Letter from unidentified to George Peter
      1 pages
      1831 April 20English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 06
      William Thompson, Union School, to George Peter
      2 pages
      1831 March 22English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 06
      Michael Keepers, Frederick Town, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1831 March 22English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 06
      Tobias E. Stansbay to George Peter
      2 pages
      1835 November 10English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 07
      John Wootton, Rockville, to George Peter
      2 pages
      1838 September 19English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 07
      Robert P. Dunlop to George Peter
      1 pages
      1839 December 6English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 07
      J. O. to George Peter
      2 pages
      1840 May 14English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 08
      G. D., George Town, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1842 November 3English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 08
      M. V. to George Peter
      1 pages
      1846English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 08
      J. Orme, Georgetown, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1846 April 1English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 08
      W. Sellman, Clarksburg, to George Peter
      2 pages
      1849 December 3English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 08
      Samuel C. Ulens, Poolesville, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1849 December 8English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 09
      Bill to George Peter from Darnestown post office
      2 pages
      1855-1856English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 09
      J. Higgins, Poolesville, to George Peter
      1 pages with envelope
      1855 January 8English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 09
      Jesse V., Poolesville, to George Peter, Darnestown
      1 pages
      1855 January 4English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 09
      J. Falls, Baltimore, to George Peter
      2 pages
      1855 December 4English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 09
      R. J. Brent to George Peter
      2 pages
      1855 December 29English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 09
      Geo. Howson Mason, Annapolis, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1855 December 4English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 09
      Alfred Spates, Cumberland, to George Peter
      3 pages
      1855 December 22English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 09
      W. Matthews, George Town, to George Peter
      2 pages with envelope
      1855 November 28English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 09
      N. B. to George Peter
      1 pages
      1855 November 12English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 09
      Letter from unidentified, Baltimore, to George Peter
      2 pages with envelope of the Balitmore Steam Packet Company
      1856 May 8English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 09
      Geo. Hownson Mason, Annapolis, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1855 December 17English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 10
      Benj. Fawcett, Colesville, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1856 May 26English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 10
      J. Williams, Washington D.C., to George Peter
      3 pages
      1856 March 18English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 10
      J. Marbury, Georgetown D.C., to George Peter
      3 pages
      1856 April 30English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 10
      John Fisher, Westminster, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1856 February 13English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 10
      J. J. Atkinson to George Peter
      1 pages
      1853 November 28English.
      Scope and Contents

      A letter from the Treasuries Office of the Baltimore and Ohion Railroad Company, offering Peter free tickets to pass over the roads of their company.

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      W. Smith Reese, Annapolis, to W. Bowie
      1 pages
      1856 March 10English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 10
      W. Bowie, Rockville, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1856 January 8English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 10
      John Legrand, Washington, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1856 June 1English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 10
      Bond holders of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company to the Board of Public Works of the State of Maryland
      2 pages contemporary manuscript copy
      1850sEnglish.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 11
      Judson Mitchell, Georgetown, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1857 May 27English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 11
      Josiah Harding to George Peter
      1 pages
      1857 January 20English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 11
      Dawson, Georgetown, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1857 March 24English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 11
      J. S. Williams, Washington, to George Peter
      3 pages
      1864 December 12English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 11
      Letter from unidentified to George Peter
      4 pages
      circa 1860English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 12
      Nicholas L. to George Peter, Darnestown
      2 pages
      circa 1830English.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 12
      Roger Brooke Taney to George Peter
      Taney, Roger Brooke, 1777-1864
      1 pages
      1810sEnglish.
    • Text box: 12 folder: 13
      The Constitution and Union Ticket election ballot
      1 pages
      1860sEnglish.
      Scope and Contents

      Printed election ballot for "The Constitution and Union Ticket," promising "Civil and Religious Liberty." George Peter is listed as the candidate for Commisioner of Public Works.

  • Subseries 14.2. Bills and Notes
    English.
    • Text box: 13 folder: 01
      Accounts of Martha Washington with William Jones
      1 pages 11 x 16 cm
      1800 February 4English.
      Scope and Contents

      A list of clothing purchased by Martha Washington from William Jones of Alexandria. Includes suits purchased for enslaved workers Daniel, Marcus, Christopher, and Frank. According to notes on the verso, payments were received from James Anderson on 12 April 1800 and 15 May 1800.

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      Receipts paid by James Anderson
      5 Leaves
      1800English.
      Scope and Contents

      Five receipts for goods and services paid for by James Anderson in 1800, including repairs to old shoes, paper lampblack, freight for one box from Philadelphia, 93 yards of cloth, and leather.

    • Text box: 13 folder: 01
      Bills and bank notes from George Peter
      16 Leaves
      1806-1811English.
    • Text box: 13 folder: 02
      Promissory notes from George Peter
      26 Leaves
      1810-1818English.
    • Text box: 13 folder: 03
      Promissory notes and bank notes from George Peter
      38 Leaves
      1810-1816English.
    • Text box: 13 folder: 04
      Bills and bank notes from George Peter
      48 Leaves
      1815-1816English.
    • Text box: 13 folder: 05
      Bills and bank notes from George Peter
      28 Leaves
      1816-1821English.
    • Text box: 13 folder: 06
      Promissory notes and bank notes from George Peter
      52 Leaves
      1810-1813English.
    • Text box: 13 folder: 07
      Bills and bank notes from George Peter
      46 Leaves
      1814-1815English.
    • Text box: 13 folder: 08
      Bills and bank notes from George Peter
      22 Leaves
      1816-1818English.
    • Text box: 13 folder: 09
      Bills and accounts of George Peter
      24 Leaves
      1820-1830English.
    • Text box: 14 folder: 01
      Bills and accounts of George Peter
      23 Leaves
      1832-1835English.
    • Text box: 14 folder: 02
      Bills and accounts of George Peter
      14 Leaves
      1836English.
    • Text box: 14 folder: 03
      Bills and accounts of George Peter
      20 Leaves
      1837-1840English.
    • Text box: 14 folder: 04
      Bills and accounts of George Peter
      25 Leaves
      1841-1846English.
    • Text box: 14 folder: 05
      Bills and accounts of George Peter
      31 Leaves
      1846-1848English.
    • Text box: 14 folder: 06
      Bills and accounts of George Peter
      36 Leaves
      1851-1857English.
    • Text box: 15 folder: 01
      Bills and accounts of George Peter
      13 Leaves
      1856-1859English.
    • Text box: 15 folder: 02
      Bills and accounts of George Peter with F. S. Poole and Bro.
      12 Leaves
      1833-1840English.
    • Text box: 15 folder: 03
      Bills and accounts of George Peter with F. S. Poole and Bro.
      10 Leaves
      1833-1840English.
    • Text box: 15 folder: 04
      Bills and accounts of George Peter
      13 Leaves
      1800sEnglish.
      Scope and Contents

      Undated bills and accounts.

  • Subseries 14.3. Family Correspondence
    English.
    • Text box: 15 folder: 05
      George H. Peter, Carlisle, to George Peter
      1 pages
      1827 September 12English.
      Scope and Contents

      George H. Peter writes to his uncle asking for money for an upcoming vacation.

    • Text box: 15 folder: 06
      Letters from James Peter to George Peter
      3 Leaves
      1827-1836English.
      Scope and Contents

      3 letters from James Peter to his uncle George Peter.

    • Text box: 15 folder: 07
      W. H. Peter to George Peter, George Town
      2 pages
      1827 December 30English.
    • Text box: 15 folder: 08
      Letters from Jane Beverley to George Peter
      2 Leaves
      1827-18281827 December 231828 March 5English.
    • Text box: 15 folder: 09
      Letters from James Freeland Peter to George Peter
      3 Leaves
      1838-18461838 June 61845 March 051846 December 29English.
      Scope and Contents

      3 letters sent by James Freeland Peter to his father from Alexandria, Buffalo, and Detroit.

    • Text box: 15 folder: 10
      Acrostic for George Peter
      1 pages
      1851 July 6English.
      Scope and Contents

      Manuscript acrostic written for Uncle George Peter.

    • Text box: 15 folder: 11
      Sarah Peter, Georgetown, to George Peter
      2 pages with envelope
      1852 June 18English.
    • Text box: 15 folder: 12
      Roberta Peter to George Peter
      3 pages
      1854 Octobber 11English.
    • Text box: 15 folder: 13
      George Peter, Jr., to George Peter
      4 Leaves
      1855-1856English.
      Scope and Contents

      4 letters from George Peter, Jr., to his father.

    • Text box: 15 folder: 14
      List of items from Mount Vernon
      Peter, George Freeland, 1875–1953
      4 pages
      1900sEnglish.
      Scope and Contents

      Typescript list of "Things from Mt. Vernon" with manuscript annotations by George Freeland Peter of which Peter heirs inherited the items.

    • Text box: 15 folder: 15
      List of items from Tudor Place
      21 pages
      1900sEnglish.
      Scope and Contents

      Typescript and manuscript inventories of items fro Tudor Place, with notes on which Peter heirs inherited them.