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Patrick Henry to Elizabeth Aylett, March 5, 1795

My dear Betsey. Red-hill march 5th. 1795

This will be delivered by N West Dandridge who is going to Mr. Roane's & to bring up Sally with him—Dolly & Kitty go down also. Dolly to Rocky Mill & Kitty to Goochland—West Dandridge is to get Money of mine in Richmond & is to pay you five Guineas for what was found for Sally—I refer you to my Letters lately sent & to that by [Pedro] who I hope go safe down with the Negroe's—Thank God we enjoy good Health, & it would give me great pleasure to hear that you are well, & to hear often from you—Pray write me by Sally—Your Mama bids to gi[ve her] Love to you & tell you she is so busy [fixing] the Girls this morning that she can't write—I pray God to bless you my dear Daughter & with my Love to Mr. Aylett & each of your little ones I am my dear Betsey yr. afftc. Father

P. Henry

Patrick Henry National Memorial at Red Hill.

Elizabeth (Betsey) Aylett was Patrick Henry's fifth child and third daughter with his first wife Sarah Shelton. Elizabeth was born in Hanover County, Virginia on April 23, 1769, and she died on September 4, 1842 in King William County, Virginia, at the home of her daughter Sarah Shelton. Elizabeth married Philip Aylett on October 12, 1786, and together they had thirteen children, eleven of which Betsey would outlive. Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, Red Hill ( [accessed: 2016-05-30])

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