Papers : of Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis, 1794-1851.


Lewis, Nelly Custis, 1779-1852. Papers : of Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis, 1794-1851.

Papers : of Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis, 1794-1851.

The collection consists mostly of 244 letters written by Lewis, 1794-1851, including 189 letters to her lifelong friend, Elizabeth Bordley Gibson, and 26 letters to her, 1796-1850. She discusses nostalgia for life in Philadelphia when Washington was president, her fond memories of life at Mount Vernon, and her affection for the Washingtons. Letters detail social life, female education, and close extended family ties of young women of her social position. She also expresses her feelings on marriage, motherhood, a woman's role in the home, and in particular her anxieties over the health and welfare of her children. Letters reveal the concerns of a southern planter's life including difficulties with slaves, poor crops, prevalence of death and disease, and lack of cash. She expresses her views on politics and well-known political figures, responds to myths about Washington and recalls how he treated slaves at Mount Vernon. Other correspondence includes 46 letters written to her son-in- law, Charles M. Conrad, 1834-1847, mainly concerning family matters. She received letters from Martha Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Zachary Taylor. Miscellaneous papers include notes, poems, a tribute written by Lewis for her deceased daughter, legal documents, her French exercise book, and a five-page reminiscence of Lewis by Gibson.

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