With greatful acknowledgement and unfeigned thanks for the personal respect and evidences of condolence expressed by congress and yourself.
I remain, very respectfully Sir Your most obedient & Humble servant Martha Washington
December 31, 1799
The text and location of this letter is unknown. There is a signed holograph letter from MW to Abigail Adams, dated January 1, 1800, in the Pierpont Morgan Library. The letter of December 31, 1799 may be a draft by Tobias Lear. It is likely the texts are similar. Under the circumstances it is unlikely MW would write two different letters to the same individual on successive days. See infra for letter of January 1, 1800.
My dear Madam Mount Vernon, January the 1st 1800
Accept the thanks of a heart opprest with sorrow but greatfull for your friendly sympathising letter.
To that almighty power who alone can heal the wounds he inflicts I look for consolation and fortitude.
May you long very long enjoy the happiness you now possess and never know affliction like mine with prayers for your happiness
I remain your sincear Friend Martha Washington
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Publication information: Book title: Worthy Partner:The Papers of Martha Washington. Contributors: Joseph E. Fields - Compiler, Martha Washington - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1994. Page number: 333.
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