The Irish Bomfords

Rought transcript of a letter from Sarah Bomford to George Washington, 20 April 1776

I have a meloncholy circumstance to relate in relation to your trust in Ireland, the unhappy Mrs Savage is absolutely undone if by your weight and consequence you do not endeavour to procure? for her morsels of bread out of her just demand in America, my state of health makes it necessary for me to break up House and for some time to settle at Bath in England.  I cannot afford to maintain this unfortunate woman from under my own roof, these four years past I neither expected nor received one shilling from her as her affairs were? undermined.  She has by this means a few pounds remaining out of your noble bounty but as hereafter she will be obliged to provide herself in meat drink washing and lodging as also appears judge you, Sir, how long a small sum will last to answer all those necessary articles and indeed tis more than probable such sum will be exhausted before this letter can get safe to your hands, from the conception I have of George Washington's great and noble mind I cannot avoid addressing him in the stile of an affectionate friend, do, worthy Sir, consider age and poverty and don't suffer oppression? to reduce your old aquaintance to seek the charity of the public in the street, for my part I knew her not but esteem it the happiest occasion of my past life that providence put it in my power to preserve? my fellow Creation so long from Death and destruction, was I hereafter to continue in Ireland she never should want an hospitable reception in my family, my life is of the utmost consequence to an only child, a girl of about seven years of age, beside? length of Days is

Hoping every individual wishes and now? desirable if the Almighty is so good to give us grace to make a proper use of our time if then for cannot be supposed I send for you the portrait of that happiness on my account by my fatal  ?  of Health, Mrs Savage is set adrift if not  ?  by your most uncommon way of thinking for in truth it seldom happens in prosperity encounters? a friend in adversity, how to convey this letter to you I cannot tell but hope Mr Dixon will (out of compassion?) will endeavour to transmit it to by the way which heaven? be so good, Sir, to direct the answer as usual to Mr Bomford, he will forward it to me. I shall leave Dublin immediately after the first of next May, Mrs Savage sits by me as I write and you, Sir, may easily conceive her distress upon the present appearance of her situation, but Mrs Savage ever rests? upon the mercy of the Almighty and the protection of Mr Washington and Mr Brian Fairfax, I am, Sir, with great respect and sincerity, your obedient humble servant, Sarah Bomford

Dublin April 20th 1776

PS Mrs Savage has not heard one single word (that she can depend on) from her husband or of him for four years past.

[Envelope for above:]

His Excellency General

Washington Mount

Vernon Fairfax County


28th Aprl 1776

(From the George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799: Series 4. General Correspondence. 1697-1799)