Christopher seems to have been one of the few Mount Vernon slaves who could read and write. He may have been taught by Will, who reportedly was an evangelical Christian, and possibly a minister.
George Washington Lafayette, the teen-aged son of the Marquis de Lafayette, lived with the Washingtons for more than a year, beginning in April 1796. Christopher was close in age to the young Frenchman, and the two seem to have become friends. Soon after Washington's retirement, Christopher was bitten by a dog which was feared to have been rabid, and Lafayette wrote to Washington inquiring about his health.
In September 1799, Christopher requested Washington's permission to marry a slave from another plantation, one who also seems to have been able to read and write. A few days later, Washington intercepted a note sent between them, outlining an escape plan. Washington foiled the plan, but Christopher does not seem to have been punished. Three months later, Christopher attended to Washington on his deathbed.
(This biographical sketch is partially based upon the unpublished work of Mary V. Thompson, Research Specialist, Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.)