The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: August 8

WILLIAMSBURG, August 8, 1777.
Last Tuesday, about 11 o'clock in the forenoon, arrived here, from the seat of Burwell Bassett, Esquire's, in New Kent, Lady WASHINGTON, the amiable consort of his Excellency General Washington. Upon her arrival she was saluted with the fire of cannon and small arms, and was safely conducted to Mrs. Dawson's in this city, and intends setting out for the northward in a few days.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) August 8, 1777

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Burwell Bassett of Elthan in New Kent County was married to Martha Washington's sister, Anna Maria. Furthermore, Burwell Bassett and George Washington were close friends. Mrs. Bassett died only four months after this visit on December 17, 1777. Twice widowed, Mrs. Elizabeth Churchill Bassett Dawson was Burwell Bassett's mother. Mrs. Dawson's Williamsburg property was in the area now occupied by the Williamsburg Lodge.

Sources: Bentley

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