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Letter to Eliza Susan (Morton) Quincy from Nelly Custis Lewis

MS053.007 (RS260759)

Description

A letter to Eliza Susan (Morton) Quincy (addressed as "Mrs. Morton") in care of Judge Quincy in Boston from Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis, daughter of Martha Washington and step-daughter of President George Washington. Mrs. Morton is perhaps a relative of Eliza Susan (Morton) Quincy. The letter is accompanied by an envelope with a note erroneously indicating that Mrs. Lewis is the granddaughter of Martha Washington; she is in fact her daughter. The letter is also accompanied by a note which indicates that Mrs. Lewis visited the Quincy family in August, 1822, and wrote the letter in February, 1823, from either Philadelphia or Washington. The pencil note has an ink addition, clearly written in a different hand, explaining Nelly's family and relationship to George Washington and also noting that she is depicted in "The Washington Family," a portrait by Edward Savage created between 1789 and 1796.

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Details

Collection Name
Quincy family collection
Collection Code
MS053
Dates
1823
Acquisition Type
Loan
Date of Acquisition
1970?
Physical Description
1 letter, 1 envelope, 1 note
Collection Type
Manuscripts
Description Level
File part
Credit Line
Loan by Edmund Quincy, possibly 1970.
GUSN
309622
Reference Code
MS053.007

Record details

Originator
Lewis, Nelly Custis, 1779-1852
Other People
Quincy, Eliza Susan Morton, 1773-1850
Descriptive Terms
letters (correspondence)
Material Type
correspondence
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Philadelphia (Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania)
Washington (DC)
Quincy (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
Location Note
Folder 1.12

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