John Augustine Washington III and Eleanor Love Selden correspondence, 1842-1860 RM.528

John Augustine Washington III and Eleanor Love Selden correspondence, 1842-1860 RM.528


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Repository
Special Collections at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
Identification
RM.528
Title
John Augustine Washington III and Eleanor Love Selden correspondence 1842-1860
Quantity
0.5 Linear Feet, 2 boxes
Creator
Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-1861
Creator
Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-1860
Language
English .

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Name and date of item], John Augustine Washington III and Eleanor Love Selden correspondence, [Folder], Special Collections, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington [hereafter Washington Library], Mount Vernon, Virginia.


Biographical / Historical

John Augustine Washington III (1821-1861): John Augustine Washington was the great-grandnephew of George Washington and the last Washington to own Mount Vernon before its sale to the Mount Vernon Ladies Association (MVLA). He was born on May 3, 1821 to John Augustine Washington II and Jane Charlotte Blackburn Washington. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1840, and returned to Mount Vernon to manage the declining estate with his widowed mother's permission. In 1843, he married Eleanor Love Selden with whom he had seven children. He sold 200 acres of Mount Vernon to the MVLA in 1858 for $200,000, and he and his family moved to Waveland plantation in Fauquier County, Virginia in 1860. He served as aide-de-camp to General Robert E. Lee, but was shot by a bushwhacker and died one week later on September 13, 1861.

Eleanor Love Selden Washington (1824-1860): Born April 12, 1824 to Wilson Cary Selden and Louisa Elizabeth Fontaine Alexander Selden, "Nelly" married John Augustine Washington III on February 16, 1843. Together, they had seven children: Louisa, Jane Charlotte ("Jenny"), Eliza ("Lily"), Anna Maria, Lawrence, Eleanor ("Nelly"), and George. She died from childbirth October 9, 1860.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence between John Augustine Washington III and his wife Eleanor Love Selden. The letters begin during the Washingtons' engagement and continues through eighteen years of marriage, ending with a letter from John Augustine to Eleanor composed the day prior to her sudden death. The letters contain information on family matters, the management of the Mount Vernon estate, and plantation life prior to the Civil War.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged first by letters written by John Augustine Washington III, organized chronologically, and second by letters written by Eleanor Love Selden Washington, organized chronologically.

Related Material

Bushrod Washington Family Papers ; John Augustine Washington III and Descendants Papers ; Elswyth Thane Beebe Collection of Washington Family Papers ; Historic Manuscripts Collection

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Chew, Louisa Fontaine Washington, 1844-1927
  • Ford, West, approximately 1784-1863
  • Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-1860
  • Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-1861

Container List

Letters from John Augustine Washington III
Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611842-1860; undatedEnglish.
  • Text box: 1 folder: 1 MS-4320
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611842 October 16English.
    Scope and Contents

    Expresses his happiness at receiving Nelly's letters and love for her. "I do not object to the whole world knowing that I love you."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 1 MS-4321
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611842 October 30English.
    Scope and Contents

    Must defer visit to Exeter for four or five days due to appointments. His mother will visit Nelly on her way up to Leesburg.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 1 MS-4322
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611842 November 13English.
    Scope and Contents

    Feels pain at parting from Nelly. Cousin William [Turner] distraught over his intention to marry Betty [Selden].

  • Text box: 1 folder: 2 MS-4323
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611842 December 29English.
    Scope and Contents

    Arrived Christmas day. Distressed at being apart from Nelly. Saw the family at Mount Ida [Wilson Cary Selden, Sr.'s family] on Saturday.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 2 MS-4324
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611843 January 24English.
    Scope and Contents

    Love letter. "…as the dearest moments of my life have been with you, so the happiest hopes that my soul can form, have you for their reigning star."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 2 MS-4325
    John Augustine Washington III, Leesburg, to Eleanor Love Selden
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611843 February 7English.
    Scope and Contents

    Will probably not see or hear from Nelly until their wedding. Discredits stories that his relative Thomas Turner mistreated his family and servants.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 3 MS-4327
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611843 September 8English.
    Scope and Contents

    Is unable to return to Jefferson until the middle or end of next week. Gives instructions for Dick [Richard Blackburn Washington] regarding delivery of wheat, receipts, and a shingles order. Mentions Bushrod Washington and West Ford.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 3 MS-4329
    John Augustine Washington III, Blakeley, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611843 December 4English.
    Scope and Contents

    Changed route after leaving Nelly. Hopes Nelly recovers from her headaches. Did she get the box from Stabler's safely?

  • Text box: 1 folder: 3 MS-4331
    John Augustine Washington III, Leesburg, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611844 April 19English.
    Scope and Contents

    "Time hangs heavily on me when you are absent…" Updates on relations. A new academy is to be built opposite Mr. Burr Harrison's. Leaves for Jefferson tomorrow.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 4 MS-4333
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611844 October 10English.
    Scope and Contents
  • Text box: 1 folder: 4 MS-4336
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611844 November 2English.
    Scope and Contents

    "…not having been aware of my right to vote out of the county in which I resided, at the Presidential election I made arrangements to return home…" Hyacinths planted.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 4 MS-4338
    John Augustine Washington III, Blakeley, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611845 January 21English.
    Scope and Contents

    His case came up in Court and estate committed to Augustine's hands. Encloses ten dollars to entertain Dick and Christian Washington. Two or three snowstorms since his arrival at Blakeley. Scarlet fever prevailing.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 5 MS-4340
    John Augustine Washington III, Blakeley, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611845 May 17English.
    Scope and Contents

    Scarlet fever disappeared. Direct West [Ford] to tell William Hayes to procure eggs or chickens, "but know the price beforehand, or he will charge you double."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 5 MS-4342
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611845 September 1English.
    Scope and Contents

    Absence of Gabriel and desertion of some of the hired hands. Has decided not to sell Gabriel. "If it were possible to without them [slaves], I do not think I could own one, but situated as we are, landed property would be almost valueless without them, and it is a matter of necessity to have their labor."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 5 MS-4343
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611845 September 7English.
    Scope and Contents

    Sowing wheat. "I have never had soft crabs in perfection before." Asks if mother [Jane C. B. Washington] has received money on his wheat. Offers two sets of names for Dick and Christian Washington's daughter.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 6 MS-4345
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611845 September 14English.
    Existence and Location of Copies

    Saw Dr. Powell on Thursday. Cases of bilious fever. Arrangements for slave Eliza's return to Mount Vernon. Crabs are "disappearing very rapidly."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 6 MS-4349
    John Augustine Washington III, Blakeley, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611845 November 19English.
    Scope and Contents

    Sale of Exeter will not take place until spring. Dr. Alexander struggling with debt.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 6 MS-4350
    John Augustine Washington III, Leesburg, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611846 January 12English.
    Scope and Contents

    "I have not seen our friends here, but hear that Bentley bought Cousin Eliza's negroes at $1,200.00."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 7 MS-4353
    John Augustine Washington III, Blakeley, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611846 January 20English.
    Scope and Contents

    Mother [Jane Charlotte Blackburn Washington] ill. His letter will be taken to Nelly "by two negro men who I have purchased, and by Julia whom I send down. I wish West to set them to getting rails…"

  • Text box: 1 folder: 7 MS-4354
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611846 September 17English.
    Scope and Contents

    "I left the negroes I got in Alexandria, where I had an offer of $650.00 for them from a negro trader, but I prefer selling to a private person if I can do so. I found several of the servants sick, and Phil who was very low, died this evening."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 7 MS-4355
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611846 September 22English.
    Scope and Contents

    Servants recovering. Nelly's cloak was dyed mazarine blue. Shall begin seeding wheat.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 8 MS-4357
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611846 September 30English.
    Scope and Contents

    West [Ford] has taken sick this morning. "The stockings and socks for the negroes are nearly done…The coat patterns are eaten up by the rats…"

  • Text box: 1 folder: 8 MS-4358
    John Augustine Washington III, Charlestown, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611846 November 13English.
    Scope and Contents

    Got up to Blakeley night before last accompanied by Charles Washington. "I have the prospect of employing an overseer for next year."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 8 MS-4361
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611846 December 10English.
    Scope and Contents

    He has been trying to procure signatures for a "petition for the division of our county." The sale of Woodlawn and the Quakers who are to settle on it.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 9 MS-4364
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611847 September 24English.
    Scope and Contents

    Received Nelly's letter of September 18th. Has succeeded in obtaining an overseer "at the rate of one hundred and fifty dollars a year."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 9 MS-4365
    John Augustine Washington III, Blakeley, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611848 February 27English.
    Scope and Contents

    Relates journey to Blakeley. Was delayed as Turbeville Stuart had typhus or nervous fever. Pneumonia and typhoid fever "prevailing through this neighborhood."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 9 MS-4366
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611848 June 22English.
    Scope and Contents

    Augustine is losing his overseer due to his marriage to a widow, Ms. Spence. Discusses case at the Alexandria Superior Court.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 10 MS-4369
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611848 July 13English.
    Scope and Contents

    "Between pleasant company and bad weather I was detained in the lower country some days longer than I expected." Pleased with Gloucester. Disappointed in Old Point. Gabriel's duties and tasks.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 10 MS-4374
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611848 September 18English.
    Scope and Contents

    Has been twice at church. Hopes Nelly received a package with silk, a bottle with slips, and peach stones. Preserves and pickles are done.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 10 MS-4376
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611849 August 18English.
    Scope and Contents

    Describes weather and damage caused by drought and storms. Mr. Turner informs him that he can probably obtain an overseer but "the chance of getting a tenant is not so good."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 11 MS-4378
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611849 September 6English.
    Scope and Contents

    Returned home yesterday from trip to Maryland. Visited Mr. Sewall at Poplar Hill. Went to visit Dr. Crawfort but he was absent, so went to Mr. Shipley's. Recommends Nelly go to Baltimore. Presumes Elizabeth Blackburn was married today.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 11 MS-4380
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611849 September 24English.
    Scope and Contents

    Wheat machine broke. Sends thirty dollars. Colonel Bailey Peyton is to marry Julia Thompson. Employed three Irish workers to see if they could replace slaves but the "experiment" failed.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 11 MS-4382
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611849 December 11English.
    Scope and Contents

    Sends a carriage up for Nelly. He shall leave tomorrow or the next day for Jefferson.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 12 MS-4385
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611850 September 18English.
    Scope and Contents

    Relates arrival in Baltimore and journey to Mount Vernon. Steamboat brought five hundred visitors during the week. Misses Nelly: "…I feel a constant yearning to have you at my side, to hear you, to see you…"

  • Text box: 1 folder: 12 MS-4384
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611850 October 10English.
    Scope and Contents

    Dreams of Nelly. Monuments were erected at the vault. Steamboat continues to come full. President Filmore and his cabinet postponed visit. Plasterer to come and fix dining room and cellars.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 12 MS-4387
    John Augustine Washington III, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Vernon
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611851 January 17English.
    Scope and Contents

    Will be down tomorrow accompanied by William Turner and two other gentlemen.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 13 MS-4389
    John Augustine Washington III, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611851 May 14English.
    Scope and Contents

    Is obliged to go to Fairfax Court House to "sue out attachments against Mr. Whitehall's property."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 13 MS-4390
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611851 June 15English.
    Scope and Contents

    Writes in haste. Ephraim died yesterday evening. Too hazardous for Nelly to come down until epidemic subsides. Sends a package containing a fan and dress.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 13 MS-4394
    John Augustine Washington III, Charleston, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611851 August 30English.
    Scope and Contents

    Will be in Alexandria on Friday. Dick [Richard Washington] unwell with attack of erysipelas. Fears John Washington will be deformed. New steamboat for the Mount Vernon route will not begin trips until the week after next.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 14 MS-4392
    John Augustine Washington III, Claymont, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611851 September 3English.
    Scope and Contents

    Short letter. Will not be in Alexandria before Saturday. Needs to attend to business with "Brother" Thomas [Blackburn Washington]. Families at Blakeley are well.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 14 MS-4395
    John Augustine Washington III, Alexandria, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611852 February 3English.
    Scope and Contents

    Short letter. Mother [Jane C. B. Washington] is "dangerously ill." Requests a carpet bag with clean clothes. "Send John [Michum] up tomorrow morning for my Buggy."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 14 MS-4396
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611852 February 4English.
    Scope and Contents

    Mother is better but still weak. Gives instructions for Mr. Stowell regarding corn for mules at Marshall Hall.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 15 MS-4398
    John Augustine Washington III, Blakeley, to Louisa Fontaine Washington and Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611852 February 12English.
    Scope and Contents

    Mother is better. "I have been purchasing negroes—and am in negotiation for others…" Gives instructions for "grubbing and ploughing." Overseer position. Includes letter to daughter Louisa on same sheet regarding various cousins.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 15 MS-4399
    John Augustine Washington III to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611852 AprilEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    Sends Jim up with the carriage today for Nelly. Augustine writes he is "completely tired of bacheloring."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 15 MS-4401
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611852 July 22English.
    Scope and Contents

    Heard of Mrs. [Eleanor Parke Custis] Lewis' illness. Describes journey with stops in Berryville and Chantilly. Harriet subject to fainting attacks. Threshing machine is set. Negotiations with Mr. Stowell as overseer. Death of General Roger Jones

  • Text box: 1 folder: 16 MS-4402
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611852 August 2English.
    Scope and Contents

    Health of Aunt Eliza and Mr. Lloyd. Railroad festival at Salem [now Marshall]. Cary, Fontaine and John hunting and fishing. Describes flowers in Louisa's garden. Wharf and buildings being put up at the White House for the steamboat and visitors.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 16 MS-4403
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611852 August 9English.
    Scope and Contents

    Going to Alexandria to sell a load of wheat. The slave Eliza was injured when she "ran a needle in her arm and broke it off…" Ends with proclamation of undying love: "Indeed as I grow older my heart seems to cling closer to you…and never do I feel this more deeply than when you are absent from me."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 16 MS-4405
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611852 August 24English.
    Scope and Contents

    Finished ploughing in Maryland. Tried to sell the slave Matilda but she was unwilling. Has employed a German gardener. Gives updates on the steamboat, visitors, and construction of new wharf.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 17 MS-4408
    John Augustine Washington III to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611852 September 8English.
    Scope and Contents

    Attaches a check for fifty dollars for travel expenses by canal. Good weather to begin work again. Heard through West [Ford] of Cousin Esther's death. Health of servants

  • Text box: 1 folder: 17 MS-4411
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611852 September 17English.
    Scope and Contents

    Mount Vernon and other farms have lost one third to one half of harvest due to rains. Has finally engaged a Maryland bricklayer and plasterer.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 17 MS-4413
    John Augustine Washington III, Blakeley, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611853 February 18English.
    Scope and Contents

    Was unable to write due to a cold. Noblet Herbert's death. Disappointed in sale of mountain land. Instructions for sowing and sale of clover seed.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 18 MS-4416
    John Augustine Washington III to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611853 MarchEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    He cannot get up to the house. Requests beef, ham, knives and forks, Worcestershire sauce, and cream or milk.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 18 MS-4419
    John Augustine Washington III, Blakeley, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611853 September 5English.
    Scope and Contents

    Sold Matilda and her family to Mr. Bevin. Augustine has had attacks of ague. Cases of scarlet fever and dysentery. Gives instructions for Mr. Stowell regarding sheep and wheat machine.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 18 MS-4420
    John Augustine Washington III, Aspen Hill, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611854 March 4English.
    Scope and Contents

    Brief letter. Getting on slowly with work. Will probably not come down tomorrow.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 19 MS-4421
    John Augustine Washington III to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611854 August 3English.
    Scope and Contents

    "Brother T's [cousin Thomas Washington] corpse has not yet arrived." John Alexander has dysentery.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 19 MS-4422
    John Augustine Washington III, Walnut Farm, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611854 August 11English.
    Scope and Contents

    Thomas Washington's body arrived and was buried at Charlestown. John Alexander's death. Will conclude funeral arrangements tomorrow.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 19 MS-4423
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611854 September 4English.
    Scope and Contents

    Servants sick. Bought and forwarded a dress for Louisa. Will take Louisa to Bath after sale of Richwoods [home of Thomas Blackburn Washington].

  • Text box: 1 folder: 20 MS-4427
    John Augustine Washington III, Washington City, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611855 March 27English.
    Scope and Contents

    "Richard [Washington] was rather better last night." Brief letter.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 20 MS-4429
    John Augustine Washington III, Walnut Farm, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611856 January 24English.
    Scope and Contents

    He is detained a few days longer due to Dr. Alexander's absence. Asks Nelly to send the wagon up for coal. Has sold corn at three dollars.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 20 MS-4430
    John Augustine Washington III, Blakeley, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611856 December 7English.
    Scope and Contents

    Arrived in Charlestown yesterday. Restaurants in Charlestown and Harper's Ferry filthy. Richard [Washington] sold about 300 acres of his land at $60.00 per acre.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 21 MS-4437
    John Augustine Washington III to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611857 AprilEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    "Alexandria May 18" crossed out at top. His health continues to improve, will join her in a few days. Requests pills and tea.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 21 MS-4438
    John Augustine Washington III to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611857 AprilEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    "My cold is broken and a great deal better." Regrets that sickness prevents him from joining her as planned.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 21 MS-4432
    John Augustine Washington III to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611856 December 13English.
    Scope and Contents

    Augustine writes he will be down on Thursday or Friday. Direct Mr. Browner to get ready to kill the hogs next Saturday.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 22 MS-4433
    John Augustine Washington III, Ferry Landing, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611857 April 7English.
    Scope and Contents

    Has commenced hauling today. Encloses check for fifty dollars. Sends up a swan.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 22 MS-4439
    John Augustine Washington III to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611857 AprilEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    Augustine writes that though his health has improved, he's still unable to return.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 22 MS-4434
    John Augustine Washington III, Ferry Landing, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611857 April 17English.
    Scope and Contents

    Sends bacon, shad and fish by West [Ford]. Wrote a short note to Nelly this morning to be delivered by girl Maria. Son Lawrence and the baby [Eleanor] are well.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 23 MS-4435
    John Augustine Washington III, Ferry Landing, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611857 April 17English.
    Scope and Contents

    Encloses a letter from California. Has had stormy weather. Requests that Nelly tell Cousin Sally or the doctor to inform him how she is.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 23 MS-4440
    John Augustine Washington III, Ferry Landing, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611857 April 22English.
    Scope and Contents

    Stormy and rainy weather prevented his going to see Nelly. Weather unfavorable for fishing.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 23 MS-4457
    John Augustine Washington III to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611858English.
    Scope and Contents

    Forwards check for $100.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 24 MS-4448
    John Augustine Washington III, Alexandria, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611858 January 3English.
    Scope and Contents

    Instructions to send several servants [enslaved workers?] from Mount Vernon to Alexandria.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 24 MS-4449
    John Augustine Washington III, Alexandria, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611858 March 10English.
    Scope and Contents

    The slave Sarah "had run off from Mr. Taylor and had gone home this morning." Has not heard from Richmond [regarding sale of Mount Vernon to the Mount Vernon Ladies Association]

  • Text box: 1 folder: 24 MS-4450
    John Augustine Washington III, Richmond, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611858 March 15English.
    Scope and Contents

    Regarding negotiations with the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 25 MS-4451
    John Augustine Washington III, Staunton, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611858 August 4English.
    Scope and Contents

    Relates his visits with the children to the University, Monticello, Farmington, and the "Asylums for the Insane and for the Blind and the Deaf and Dumb."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 25 MS-4453
    John Augustine Washington III, Blakeley, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611858 August 9English.
    Scope and Contents

    Relates visit to Wyers Cave. Saw John Selden and his children. Visited Cousin Ann and Miss Mary Peter. Saw Sister Hannah and Jenny. "My farm as usual will yield but a small rent, and I have half made up my mind to sell it."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 25 MS-4454
    John Augustine Washington III, Waveland, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611858 October 9English.
    Scope and Contents

    Brief letter. Is detained until Monday and "then have to go to Balt[imore]. If I do not get home on Tuesday in the boat, send up for me Wednesday morning."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 26 MS-4455
    John Augustine Washington III, Washington, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611858 November English.
    Scope and Contents

    Must travel to Baltimore with Mr. Herbert. Instructs William Ford to meet him in Alexandria to show him lots [of timber?] to be labeled.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 26 RM-528 ; MS-4456
    John Augustine Washington III, Alexandria, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611858 December 29English.
    Scope and Contents

    Encloses letter from Magruder Mason. Gives instructions for delivering slaves George, Charlotte and Milly who have been hired out.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 26 MS-4459
    John Augustine Washington III to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611859 JanuaryEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    Has requested Mr. Price send down game and fish. Expects to meet Willie Rogers and Mr. Robinson on Saturday.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 27 MS-4460
    John Augustine Washington III, Blakeley, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611859 February 25English.
    Scope and Contents

    Christian Washington's baby had an operation on her lip. Heavy fall of snow. Gives instructions regarding clover seed, ploughs, and windows of hot beds.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 27 MS-4461
    John Augustine Washington III, Blakeley, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611859 February 29English.
    Scope and Contents

    Shall leave tomorrow for Frederick and Fauquier and be home Friday or Saturday. Bad weather prevented his visiting friends in Audley and Berryville. Has arranged matters with Mr. Richardson about Joe [a slave boy].

  • Text box: 1 folder: 27 MS-4462
    John Augustine Washington III, Chicago, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611859 June 4English.
    Scope and Contents

    Describes journey to Chicago: stops and sights. Unsure if he can make an investment in Chicago or not.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 28 MS-4464
    John Augustine Washington III, Chicago, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611859 June 11English.
    Scope and Contents

    Relates investigation of investments with Mr. Wright and Mr. McFarland. Describes geography of Chicago, Lake Michigan, and river and its relation to property value. Visited a Mr. Kerfoot. Describes scenery.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 28 MS-4465
    John Augustine Washington III, Chicago, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611859 June 18English.
    Scope and Contents

    Has bought two pieces of property. Gives instructions regarding harvest. Inquires after cradles and rakes.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 28 Ms-4467
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611859 August 31English.
    Scope and Contents

    Richard and Bushrod Washington came down with him. "I fear I shall be disappointed in selling Marshall Hall to the person who I expected to buy it."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 29 MS-4469
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611859 September 24English.
    Scope and Contents

    Constant rains on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Will go to Washington to meet John F. Lee. Thinks they can move to Waveland by the first of December.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 29 MS-4487
    Box label, John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611860English.
    Scope and Contents

    "This box contains the correspondence between my wife and myself from October 1842 to October 1860. From the time of our engagement to her Death - John A. and E. L. Washington."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 29 MS-4470
    John Augustine Washington III, Alexandria, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611860 MarchEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    Dr. Lloyd's funeral will take place tomorrow. Requests suit of black clothes.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 30 MS-4480
    John Augustine Washington III, Tremont House, Chicago, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611860 April 4English.
    Scope and Contents

    Description of journey from St. Louis to Chicago. Fertility of the prairie and poverty of inhabitants. Business in Chicago remains uncertain.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 30 MS-4476
    John Augustine Washington III, Tremont House, Chicago, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611860 April 7English.
    Scope and Contents

    Received Nelly's letter of April 1st. Has not made much progress in his business. "I went out yesterday about 35 miles on the Milwaukee Railroad branch…"

  • Text box: 1 folder: 30 MS-4472
    John Augustine Washington III, Chicago, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611860 April 10English.
    Scope and Contents

    Has rented a part of his property. Ogden suit will come up in a few days. Dined at Mr. Kerfoot's. Describes a "feat of house lifting" he witnessed.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 31 MS-4475
    John Augustine Washington III, Chicago, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611860 April 14English.
    Scope and Contents

    His lawyers are confident in winning the Ogden Suit [Malebon D. Ogden vs. John A. Washington and William F. Turner]. Met with friends and relations; mentions Cassins, Grahams, and Mr. Morgan Johnson. Says he is "wife sick or love sick."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 31 MS-4478
    John Augustine Washington III, Chicago, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611860 April 19English.
    Scope and Contents

    Expects to leave tomorrow night or Saturday for Indianapolis and Louisville. Encloses flowers. "I regret to hear that Miss Cunningham's enterprise turned out indifferently. It was I thought rather inconsiderate in her to attempt anything of the sort while we are living there, but I suppose she did not think of this."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 31 MS-4481
    John Augustine Washington III, Alexandria, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611860 July 9English.
    Scope and Contents

    Forgot trunk key and requests to have Nelly mail it. Has sent up boxes of silver, white and brown sugar, and soap. Gives instructions regarding a box of stolen sugar.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 32 MS-4483
    John Augustine Washington III to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611860 SeptemberEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    Going to Leesburg this morning with friends. Postscript "Thursday morning."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 32 MS-4485
    John Augustine Washington III, Mount Vernon, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611860 October 4English.
    Scope and Contents

    "Mr. Turner though still very unwell is going about a little, and we are engaged in sowing wheat…" Bought a carpet for the library. Has sent up stair carpet rods.

  • Text box: 1 folder: 32 MS-4486
    John Augustine Washington III, Alexandria, to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-18611860 October 8English.
    Scope and Contents

    Augustine writes he had intended going up to Waveland yesterday but "as I have some little unfinished business here and have not had an opportunity of seeing Cousin H[arriet] I shall wait until tomorrow and accompany them up."

  • Text box: 1 folder: 33 MS-4491
    John Augustine Washington III to Eleanor Love Selden Washington
    Washington, John Augustine, III, 1821-1861undatedEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    Reports he will not return as soon as planned. Encloses ten dollars.

Letters from Eleanor Love Selden Washington
Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601842-1860English.
  • Text box: 2 folder: 1 MS-4319
    Eleanor Love Selden, Exeter, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601842 October 10English.
    Scope and Contents

    After receiving her father's permission to respond to Augustine's letter, she writes that she has never before attempted such a letter. Expresses her feelings for him.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 1 MS-4326
    Eleanor Love Selden, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601843 September 2English.
    Scope and Contents

    Disappointed in trip to Walnut Farm. Supposes Augustine has arrived at Mount Vernon. Death of Mrs. Mason.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 1 MS-4328
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601843 September 14English.
    Scope and Contents

    If Augustine is detained, their separation will be nearly three weeks. Delivered messages to Dick. Recent storm caused flooding and destroyed fencing.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 2 MS-4330
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Ida, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601844 April 18English.
    Scope and Contents

    Spent yesterday at Mount Vernon. Whitewashing has improved the appearance of the yard. Longs for the twenty-sixth to come. Miss Morey [Maury] leaves tomorrow.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 2 MS-4332
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601844 September 26English.
    Scope and Contents

    Bridal party arrived [for wedding of Christian Maria and Richard Washington]. Asks Augustine to get a new pair of boots or have his mended.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 2 MS-4334
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601844 October 17English.
    Scope and Contents

    Augustine's last letter dated the 10th. Pleased he employed a white overseer.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 3 MS-4335
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601844 October 21English.
    Scope and Contents

    No time fixed for Dick's [Richard Washington] marriage. Will Augustine get the baby a pair of shoes? Penciled note by Augustine possibly noting property lines.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 3 MS-4337
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Ida, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601845 January 20English.
    Scope and Contents

    When did Augustine leave Loudon? Louisa has learned several words. Nelly has visited several friends.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 3 MS-4339
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Ida, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601845 May 16English.
    Scope and Contents

    Intends to have her tooth drawn. Weather very cold. Louisa learned waltzing.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 4 MS-4341
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601845 August 29English.
    Scope and Contents

    Discusses weather. Mr. Stuart arrived. "Louisa has completely retrieved her character since you left." Letter continues September 2nd. Nelly "left Blakeley yesterday morning to spend this week with Aunt Maria and Anne.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 4 MS-4344
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Charlestown, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601845 September 9English.
    Scope and Contents

    Louisa's health. "I was really gratified to hear you did not find it necessary to sell Gabriel." Louisa has "several times mistaken persons down the street for you…"

  • Text box: 2 folder: 4 MS-4346
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601845 September 15English.
    Scope and Contents

    Delivery and payment of wheat. Louisa is well. Christian Washington already named her daughter Elizabeth. Old Mr. [John] Sinclair died and his slaves are to be sold.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 5 MS-4348
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Ida, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601845 November 15English.
    Scope and Contents

    Dined with Ellen Powell. Louisa "fell against the table and nearly broke her nose…"

  • Text box: 2 folder: 5 MS-4351
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Ida, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601846 January 14English.
    Scope and Contents

    Nelly writes she had a bad cold on Monday. Louisa's arm is almost entirely well. West [Ford] was in town yesterday. Charles Lee and Anne Gardener are engaged.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 5 MS-4352
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Ida, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601846 January 19English.
    Scope and Contents
  • Text box: 2 folder: 6 MS-4347
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601846 September 21English.
    Scope and Contents

    Daughter Jenny [Jane Charlotte Washington] sick with fever and welts.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 6 MS-4356
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601846 September 29English.
    Scope and Contents

    Daughter Jenny and other family members illl. Cousin Thomas and Noblet returned last week. Postscript asking for money for children's dresses.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 6 MS-4359
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Baltimore, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601846 December 2English.
    Scope and Contents

    Aunt Eliza doing well. Nelly went to hear Hertz play: He is "one of the most celebrated performers on the piano." Does not understand Anne's letter.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 7 MS-4360
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Baltimore, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601846 December 8English.
    Scope and Contents

    Short letter. Chastises Augustine for not writing. Asks "is it because your wife is not of sufficient importance to you to write to her."

  • Text box: 2 folder: 7 MS-4362
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Baltimore, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601846 December 15English.
    Scope and Contents

    "I shall be ready to go any day that you can come for me." Asks for mutton suet and cat mint.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 7 MS-4363
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601847 September 18English.
    Scope and Contents

    "Mr. George Turner, starts for Boston tomorrow, and I have determined to go under his escort." Discusses meetings with friends and relatives. Cousin Rebecca had a son.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 8 MS-4367
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601848 June 22English.
    Scope and Contents

    Discusses harvest and rain. Jack and Anne drove up this morning. "If there are any damsons, I wish you would have some preserved."

  • Text box: 2 folder: 8 MS-4488
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601848 July 4English.
    Scope and Contents

    Hopes Augustine had a pleasant trip and "felt no evil effects from crabs and oysters." Nelly treated Louisa's illness with calomel and oil. Sorry to hear that Mr. Moore the overseer took a wife. Enclosed note and postscript regarding letter from Sister Mary.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 8 MS-4368
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601848 July 5English.
    Scope and Contents

    Inquires if the slave Mary has washed the bedstead. Will try to get a larger sheet of paper. Postscript regarding daughter Louisa's tin cow.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 9 MS-4370
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601848 August 3English.
    Scope and Contents

    "It has been nearly three weeks since my confinement…" Uncle Bushrod [Washington] leaves for the Salt Sulphur on Monday.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 9 MS-4371
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601848 August 18English.
    Scope and Contents

    Nelly and Augustine have been apart nine weeks. Describes her recovery and the new baby [Eliza]. General Rust [new owner of Exeter] traveled up on Sunday.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 9 MS-4372
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Walnut Farm, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601848 August 28English.
    Scope and Contents

    Requests Augustine have a log cabin built. "Our children are well, having two babies keeps me pretty constantly employed." Postscript regarding poor pen and Aunt Eliza's confinement.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 10 MS-4373
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Baltimore, to John Augustine Washington III,
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601848 September 12English.
    Scope and Contents

    "Our dear child is quite well again [Louisa]." Hopes to hear from Augustine soon. Postscript, "Dear little Molly [Mary Selden Page] continues I think to improve."

  • Text box: 2 folder: 10 MS-4375
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Baltimore, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601848 September 25English.
    Scope and Contents

    Short letter. Aunt Eliza gave birth to a girl yesterday, about three o'clock.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 10 MS-4489
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Baltimore, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601848 September 29English.
    Scope and Contents

    Family news. Asks Augustine set a date for her to return to Mount Vernon.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 11 MS-4377
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601849 August 21English.
    Scope and Contents

    Cary was thrown over his horse's head. Mrs. Carter died last night. Daughter Eliza goes looking for Augustine. Nelly makes requests and gives instructions for making preserves, "and please don't forget my hen house."

  • Text box: 2 folder: 11 MS-4379
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Baltimore, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601849 September 15English.
    Scope and Contents

    Arrived Thursday evening. Requests more money to buy things for the winter. Mentions Aunt Maria, Rebecca and Dr. Tabb, and Aunt Eliza.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 11 MS-4381
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Baltimore, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601849 September 28English.
    Scope and Contents

    Daughter Eliza sick past ten days. "Louisa and Jenny talk incessantly about you." Nelly has been walking a good deal.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 12 MS-4383
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Cave Farm, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601850 September 16English.
    Scope and Contents

    Uncle Cary's death. Discusses children and weather. Passes on Mr. Lloyd's questions regarding hiring an overseer such as salary and privileges.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 12 MS-4386
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601850 October 2English.
    Scope and Contents

    "Old Dolly gave me the letter I enclose about ten days ago…" Sister Mary wrote after her confinement. Today is Harriet's wedding day.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 12 MS-4388
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Vernon, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601851 February 18English.
    Scope and Contents

    Boat landed with 50 or 60 visitors. Susan, a slave, prefers being sold.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 13 MS-4391
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601851 JuneEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    She shall "be down in the boat tomorrow to see you." Shall not bring the children.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 13 MS-4393
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Vernon, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601851 August 25English.
    Scope and Contents

    Visitors. No one is sick. "The boat had just come in sight and it is beginning to rain right fast…"

  • Text box: 2 folder: 13 MS-4397
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Vernon, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-1860[1852?] February 6English.
    Scope and Contents

    Anxious to hear about Mother [Jane C. B. Washington]. A man came "to apply for situation as overseer, at Marshall Hall…" Note at end of letter written by Louisa Washington. Misses her father. Writes about dogs, birds, and sheep.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 14 MS-4400
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601852 July 20English.
    Scope and Contents

    Has heard rumors and is unsure if Mrs. [Eleanor Parke Custis] Lewis is dead or alive. Went to Charlestown on Sunday. Visited with relations. Describes wellbeing of her daughters: "Maria has five teeth."

  • Text box: 2 folder: 14 MS-4404
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Cave Farm, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601852 August 12English.
    Scope and Contents

    Expresses her happiness at receiving Augustine's last letter. Sorry to hear of Eliza's injury. Describes children's party. Would be glad if he could finish the threshing.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 15 MS-4406
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601852 August 27English.
    Scope and Contents

    "Mrs. Byrd and Mrs. Alsbone… appear very nervous about the state of our slaves. They think the negroes hate the whites so much, that we are in constant danger."

  • Text box: 2 folder: 15 MS-4409
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601852 September 8English.
    Scope and Contents

    Louisa has measles. Dr. Lloyd shipwrecked twice and lost everything. Scarlet fever and whooping cough going around.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 15 MS-4410
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601852 September 13English.
    Scope and Contents

    Daughters Jenny, Lily [Eliza] and Maria all have measles. Distressed to hear about Augustine's wheat and corn. Begs for a letter from him; "I am miserable."

  • Text box: 2 folder: 16 MS-4414
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601853 FebruaryEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    Steamboat quite full today with sixty or seventy persons. Tomorrow is Louisa's birthday. Spoke to Susan [a slave] and "she prefers being sold."

  • Text box: 2 folder: 16 MS-4415
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601853 March 4English.
    Scope and Contents

    "Aunt Eliza had a little girl last night, she and the child are both doing well."

  • Text box: 2 folder: 16 MS-4418
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Cave Farm, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601853 August 4English.
    Scope and Contents

    Arrived at Cave Farm on Monday. Heard that "Mr. Alexander was so extravagant that if you were not careful, Cousin Hannah's property would all in short time go." Louisa looks forward to a child's party. Nelly requests vanilla.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 17 MS-4412
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Washington, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601853 October 16English.
    Scope and Contents

    Instructions to have her black bonnet sent up as well as a night gown, linens, and visit cards. Went to hear Dr. Butler's sermon. "Don't forget the butter from Maryland…"

  • Text box: 2 folder: 17 MS-4426
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Sunny Side, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601854 SeptemberEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    Encloses letter from Mr. Davis. She is visiting Richard and Christian. Asks Augustine to bring the "baby's sucking bottle." Gives instructions for the slave Sarah to make a brine to drop the butter in.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 17 MS-4424
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Sunny Side, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601854 September 30English.
    Scope and Contents

    Richard returned from town and says that court will begin on the second Monday of October, and the sale at Claymont will take place on the following Wednesday.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 18 MS-4425
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Walnut Farm, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601854 October 3English.
    Scope and Contents

    Daughter [Anna] Maria broke her left arm.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 18 MS-4407
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Walnut Farm, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601855 August 27English.
    Scope and Contents

    Infant [Lawrence] very ill. Family news.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 18 MS-4431
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Vernon, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601856 December 11English.
    Scope and Contents

    Nursery chimney caught on fire yesterday. Son Lawrence has been ill. Mr. Turner salted hams. Wants to see Christian and the children this winter.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 19 MS-4443
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601857English.
    Scope and Contents

    Is very concerned about Lawrence's fever. Asks that Augustine send for a doctor.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 19 MS-4444
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington to Cary Selden Alexander
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601857English.
    Scope and Contents

    Has heard that his Uncle Augustine was unwell. Requests word on how he is. Sends a bottle of castor oil.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 19 MS-4445
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601857English.
    Scope and Contents

    Regrets to hear that his health has not improved. Lawrence is better.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 20 MS-4446
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601857English.
    Scope and Contents

    Nelly reports that she is ready to go home and regrets that she be sent for.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 20 MS-4447
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601857English.
    Scope and Contents

    Her health continues to improve, hopes to be able to return soon. Letter sent with West [Ford].

  • Text box: 2 folder: 20 MS-4441
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601857 April 22English.
    Scope and Contents

    Clara [Heilman] has arrived. Nelly is disappointed that the weather keeps her away. "I am as well as ever, look very fat…and right strong."

  • Text box: 2 folder: 21 MS-4442
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601857 AugustEnglish.
    Scope and Contents

    Lawrence's health improves. Postscript regarding Edith and Mrs. Powell.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 21 MS-4458
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601858English.
    Scope and Contents

    Their niece Anne, daughter of Augustine's brother Richard Blackburn and Christian Washington has died.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 21 MS-4417
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Blakeley, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601858 July 26English.
    Scope and Contents

    Gives preserving instructions for slaves Sarah and Matilda. Secret engagement of Andrew Kennedy. Asks about having the dining room fixed. Anne is sick with dysentery.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 22 MS-4452
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Vernon, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601858 August 7English.
    Scope and Contents

    "The baby [George Washington] improves every day." Watermelons in the ice house.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 22 MS-4463
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Vernon, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601859 June 9English.
    Scope and Contents

    Dined with Harriett Cazenove. "Everything is going on at home here as usual."

  • Text box: 2 folder: 22 MS-4466
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Capon Springs, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601859 August 28English.
    Scope and Contents

    "Everybody is leaving so fast that by Thursday everyone will be gone…" She can be at Walnut Farm on Saturday.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 23 MS-4468
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Walnut Farm, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601859 September 5English.
    Scope and Contents

    Daughter Nelly had fever and boils. Nelly writes she is delighted she left [Capon Springs] as the "house keeper, servants and all were dismissed and the stages taken off the line on Friday." Instructs Augustine to bring clothes for the children.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 23 MS-4471
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Vernon, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601860 April 1English.
    Scope and Contents

    Louisa and Jenny went to a concert. Yesterday a crowd with Masons came by boat and made a speech. Received a letter from Miss [Ann Pamela] Cunningham requesting permission for an address.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 23 MS-4477
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601860 April 8English.
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    Much rain. Wheat looks well. Family news.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 24 MS-4473
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Vernon, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601860 April 11English.
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    Summer weather. Had first dish of asparagus yesterday. Miss [Ann Pamela] Cunningham's address is Saturday with Dr. Hawks of New York as orator.

  • Text box: 2 folder: 24 MS-4474
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Vernon, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601860 April 15English.
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    "Yesterday was the day fixed on by Miss Cunningham for her grand doings here…. There were benches enough to accommodate six hundred but I don't think there could have been more than one hundred and fifty or two hundred at most on the grounds."

  • Text box: 2 folder: 24 MS-4479
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Mount Vernon, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601860 April 19English.
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    Received his sixth letter this morning. Mrs. Robert [Mary Anna Custis] Lee staying with them. Son George has not learned to say a word since Augustine left. "Wishing you happy dreams and hoping I may be the burden of them as you are of mine."

  • Text box: 2 folder: 25 MS-4482
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Waveland, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601860 July 10English.
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    Nelly writes she cannot find the trunk key Augustine requested. She delivered his message to Mr. Lunsford [overseer at Waveland].

  • Text box: 2 folder: 25 MS-4484
    Eleanor Love Selden Washington, Waveland, to John Augustine Washington III
    Washington, Eleanor Love Selden, 1824-18601860 October 3English.
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    Mr. Lunsford finished seeding and now setting strawberry plants. Cabbage plants have come up but they look like kale. Received letters from ladies applying for "the situation" [teaching position?]. Requests jonquil roots, hairpins, and tea toweling.