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Slaves are not supposed to have a dramatic effect on colonial life They were viewed as a materialistic object rather then an emotional attachment George Washington stepped outside of this norm and accepted William Billy Lee into his family George Washington was not only emotionally attached to Lee but also depended on him for everyday life and services Washington purchased Lee for 6115 pounds from Smith Ball Lee of Westmoreland County in 1767 Cunliffe 22 The date in which Lee was purchased has been disputed as many historians including William Martin claim he was bought in 1768 His slave name was Mulatto Will but Washington wanted Lee to establish a human quality so he preferred to call him Will Alden Calling him either Lee or Mulatto Will would show Lee was nothing more then a slave Washington wanted Lee to represent a person and not just a slave Lee was considered Washingtons favorite huntsman before the Revolutionary War Unlike several other slaves Lee was Washingtons personal valet and body servant Ferling 89 Both Washington and Lee were close companions during the war as Lee was extremely loyal to his white master Never backing down to anything Lee showed an uncommon degree of courage each time he followed the general into battle During public gatherings Lee displayed a high-social level acted in a professional manner and presented himself as an intelligent man Washingtons respect toward Lee was displayed when he would refer to him as my servant or my fellow and never calling him my slave Nell 12 This is displaying the close relationship Washington and Lee had together as many other slaves around America were treated like filth Lee came to Mount Vernon as a teenager Diary entries from Washington show that Lee became a vital figure in Washingtons life Three times per week Lee joined the general in hunting Lee was described as someone who would rush at
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