First Spouse

with help from this List of First Ladies of the United States

Text from letter from the first first lady, Martha Washington, to her niece Fanny Bassett Washington, October 23, 1789:

"I live a very dull life hear and know nothing that passes in the town – I never goe to the publick place – indeed I think I am more like a state prisoner than anything else, there is certain bounds set for me which I must not depart from – and as I can not doe as I like I am obstinate and stay at home a great deal"

Why this shape?

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