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Washington, Martha (1731-1801) to Frances B. Washington.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07908 Author/Creator: Washington, Martha (1731-1801) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 June 1789 Pagination: 4 p. 25 x 19.7 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07908 Author/Creator: Washington, Martha (1731-1801) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 June 1789 Pagination: 4 p. 25 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Account of Washington's inauguration. Martha gives details of her journey as well as the reception she received on the way to Philadelphia. Also included in the letter are accounts of articles of clothing purchased and procured and of children and other family members on the journey.

Background Information:

People: Washington, Martha, 1731-1802
Washington, Frances, 1763-1815

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentFirst LadyWoman AuthorWomen's HistoryInaugurationGovernment and CivicsChildren and FamilyClothing and Accessories

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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