PROPERTY OF A DIFFERENT OWNER
In the present note executed by Washington, he calls for his distant cousin and Mount Vernon steward, Lund Washington, to collect a measure of cloth that the former has had set by. In the accompanying letter, Elizabeth (Eliza) Parke Custis Law—eldest granddaughter of Martha Washington, and step-grandchild of George Washington—writes to her friend and former Mount Vernon tutor, Gideon Snow, presenting him with a trimming of velvet "worn by General Washington."
Eliza Parke Custis married Thomas Law, the youngest son of the late bishop of Carlisle, and an experienced administrator with the East India Company. During her lifetime, Eliza became a social leader in the District of Columbia, and worked to preserve the Washington family heritage.
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