Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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From Alexander Hamilton

January 2, 1800

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From Elizabeth Spottswood

My Dear Madam New Post, January 2d. 1800

Under your present affliction you have the Sincere Sympathy of this Family. Remember my Dear Madam soon after we came into the world we were taught to know that we were not to Live forever & that sooner or Later the Dearest Friends must Part & altho those Tender Feelings early engrafted in us by the Almighty puts it out of our power on the Loss of a Dear Friend, to Suppress the first Effusions of grief, yet when that subsides, (altho impossible to forget) it is our duty to bear up against our misfortune, & not repine at the will of the most High.

Remember my Dear Madam, altho it has Pleased God to take from you (from all of us) the Greatest, best, & most Virtuous of men, whose memory will be revered all over the world, yet his Goodness has left you still many Comforts - which Comforts, I hope you will Live to Enjoy many, many, years in Health.

I pray you my Dear Madam to be resigned, & believe me when I assure you, that I shall seek for many opportunities to testify to you, with how much Sincerity, I am Dear Madam

Your Affectionate Elizabeth Spotswood1

PS the Family desires there best regards, to you, Mr., & Mrs. Lewis, in which I Unite so soon as the spring sets in - Mr. Spotswood, my Self, & the Girls, will come & spend a week with you alone

(Address)
Mrs. Martha Washington of Mt Vernon Near Alexandria
From Mrs. Elizh Spotswood
2 January 1800.

ALS, DTp.

1.
Elizabeth Washington Spottswood ( 1750-1814) was the eldest daughter of GW's elder half brother, Augustine Washington and his wife, Anne Aylett Washington. She was the wife of Alexander Spottswood ( 1751-1818), grandson of colonial governor, Alexander Spottswood ( 1676-1740), one of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe. They lived in Spottsylvania County.

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