| TRANSCRIPT GLC 2794.05
Martha Washington. Autograph letter signed: Mount Vernon, to
Mrs. Mary Lear, 1800 Nov. 11. 2 p.
Mount Vernon November 11th 1800
My Dear Madam
I received your kind letter of September the 8th a few days
ago it gives me pleasure to fin[d] by it, that you
were in good health. We have had an uncommon sickly autumn;
all my family whites, and Blacks, have been very sick, many
of them very ill. Thank God they have all recovered again
and I was so fortunate as not loose any of them.
As to myself, I have always one complaint or another. I never
expect to be well as long as I live in this world.
Mr. Lear is tolerable well and for the present talks if [?]
setting him self down at his farm he comes often to see me.
The Boys are very well, I am told lincoln is [?] a very cleaver
Boy and learns his book very well. The three Boy live in Charles
Town they are borded thair [sic] and have avery [sic] good
school [inserted: & master]  school Mr. Lear thinks.
The Boys has had very good health ever since they went into
that back country. Maria is with her aunt Hammond, who is
a second mother to her. I am told that she is a very fine
child. I have not seen her since she first went up the country.
I have long wished to see her but it has been thought improper
to take her form [sic] school. I with much pleasu[re] send
you the hair you [strikeout] so obliging desired and shall
be always [inserted: ready] to give you any information I
can that will contribute to your happiness.
With much esteem and regard
I am Dr Madam your