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Papers : of George Washington Parke Custis, 1788-1857.

Author: George Washington Parke Custis; Nelly Custis Lewis
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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The collection contains thirty-one letters from Custis, 1788- 1857, and four to him, 1788-1855. Most letters are to the executors of George Washington's estate, Bushrod Washington and Lorenzo Lewis, the nephew of George Washington Parke Custis. Letters regard the settlement of George Washington's estate and debts owed the estate by Custis. Letters also include his part in the debate of the remains of George
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Genre/Form: Financial records
Letters
Wills
Named Person: George Washington Parke Custis; George Washington; George Washington; George Washington; Washington family.
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: George Washington Parke Custis; Nelly Custis Lewis
OCLC Number: 30820837
Notes: In the collections of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Library, Mount Vernon, Va.
Description: 46 items.

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The collection contains thirty-one letters from Custis, 1788- 1857, and four to him, 1788-1855. Most letters are to the executors of George Washington's estate, Bushrod Washington and Lorenzo Lewis, the nephew of George Washington Parke Custis. Letters regard the settlement of George Washington's estate and debts owed the estate by Custis. Letters also include his part in the debate of the remains of George Washington being removed to the Capitol.

Letters also refer to endless requests for George Washington autographs and memorabilia and that after forty years of sending out signatures he can no longer fill requests. Also, includes letters to his friends regarding his paintings and the writing of his memoirs. He comments that he knows of no known paintings of Washington's parents; gives his recollections of the model of the Bastille and its history in the Washington family; and responds to accusations of mistreatment of slaves on his estate.

Letters received include a letter from his sister Nelly recalling Houdon's visit to Mount Vernon and the making of the plaster cast for his bust of Washington. Also, contains accounts, receipts, autographed pencil sketch, Custis's will (containing Robert E. Lee's signature), memoes regarding publication of his memoirs, and his daughter's offer to split profits with the illustrator, Benson J. Lossing.

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