January 14, 1800
Text and location of letter not available. Reverend Samuel Miller ( 1769-1850) was a prominent Presbyterian clergyman and the author of numberous religious treatises. For his sermon on the death of GW, see infra, Tobias Lear to Rev. Samuel Miller, January 27, 1800.
Dear Sir Mount Vernon, January 15, 1800
When the mind is deeply affected by those irreparable losses which are incident to humanity the good Christian will submit without repining to the Dispensations of Divine Providence and look for consolation to that Being who alone can pour balm into the bleeding Heart and who has promised to be the widows god - But in the severest trials we find some alleviation to our grief in the sympathy of sincear friends - and I should not do justice to my sensibility was I not to acknowledge that your kind letter of condolence of the 30th of December was greatfull to my feeling.
I well knew the affectionate regard which my dear deceased husband always entertained for you and therefore conceive how afflicting his death must have been to you - the quotation which you have given of what was written to you on a former melancholy occasion is truly applicable to this - the loss is ours the gain is his. 1
For myself I have only to bow with humble submission to the will of that God who giveth and who taketh away looking forward with faith and hope to the moment when I shall be again united with the Partner of my life But while I continue on Earth my prayers will be offered up for the welfare and Happiness of my Friends among whom you will always be numbered being
Dear Sir your sincear and afflicted Friend Martha Washington2