TRANSCRIPT GLC 3909
Martha Washington. Autograph letter signed: Mount Vernon,
to Mrs.Elias Boudinot, 1784, Jan. 15. 2 p. + address leaf.
Mount Vernon 15 Jan 84
My Dear Madam
Your polite and affectionate congratulatry [sic] Letter on
the termination of our trobles, [sic] and the return of the
General to domestic life, would, under any circumstances,
have been highly pleasing to me; but the value of it was particularly
enhanced by the friendly terms in which you have conveyed
them to us.
In return, permit me to offer you my sincere compliments
on your restoration to your own House, after an exile of seven
years, and on Miss Boudenots better state of health; which,
with much pleasure I learnt from the General was considerably
 amended, if he might be allowed to form a judgement of
it from her improved looks. The difficulties, and distresses
to which we have been exposed during the war must now be forgotten.
We must endevor to let our ways be the ways of pleasantness,
and all our paths Peace.
It would give me infinite pleasure to see you Mr. and Miss
Boudenot at this place, without which I almost dispair of
ever enjoying that happyness, as my frequent long Journeys
have not only left me without inclination to under take another,
but almost disqualified me from doing it, as I find the fatiegue
[sic] is too much for me to bear.
My little family are all with me, and have been very well
till with in these few days, that they haven been taken with
the measles. The worst I hope is  is over, and that I shall
soon have them prattling about me again. With best respects
to Mr. Boudenot, and love to miss Susan and your self, in
which the General joins. I am my dear madam with much esteem
Your most affectionate
Notes: In 1782 Elias Boudinot was elected as the president
of the Congress. Served as a secretary of foreign affairs
and signed the preliminary peace terms with Great Britain.