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Washington, George (1732-1799) to Burwell Bassett

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07545 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Mount Vernon, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 August 1762 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: In a humorous letter, chastizes Bassett, his brother-in-law, for not attending church. States "strange it is that you will be so blind to truth that the enlightening sounds of the Gospel can not reach your Ear, nor no Examples awaken you to a sense of Goodness ..." Discusses the condition of the tobacco crops, claiming that they are "assailed by every villainous worm that has had an existence since the days of Noah." Contains text loss and water stain. Address is included on a separate leaf.

People: Bassett, Burwell, 1764-1841.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Keywords/Subjects: President, Humor and Satire, Religion, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Tobacco and Smoking, Mount Vernon

Sub Era: Religion and the Great Awakening