Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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From Catherine Garretson

My dear Madam: ( February 27, 1800)

Your late Afflictive loss, calls for every exercise of Friendship to console you under the presence of so trying a Calamity - But What My dear Madam, shall we say. God is Wise - and He does all things Well - Submission to his Will, and a Gracious improvement of his dispensations is all he will require.

If the Grief, and sympathy of thousands could lessen the tyde of prostrate sorrow; this in an eminent degree Madam, is reserved for you - But I have no doubt you can Cry out with afflicted Job, Miserable comfortor are you all. You have doubtless long since experienced the World is a broken Reed which will pierce the side of him who leans upon it for support. Will you then my dearest Madam in this time of trial, and distress, admit the Council of one that loves you of one who is touched with sorrow at your loss; and would point you to the only true Consolation, that remains for you to enjoy on this side of Eternity.

Religion Pure and undefiled Religion Holds out to you a happiness far beyond anythng this vain World can either give or refuse. I speak now from the experiece of upwards of 12 years. And I Recommend to you that Jewel which I found at a Moment when the Whole Creation was to me a dreary void, from which I turned with disgust. In that moment I fell helpless at the Feet of Jesus The Friend of the distresed And I found him a Savious in (?). Ah My dear Madam: What did I then partake of - A new Creation of Love, Peace, and Joy were opened in my Soul.- I found myself united to God -I felt I had entered into the fold by the Only Doorthat could admit me into the number of Christ's Flock. I found in my Breast a Witness that I was a Child of God; an Heir of Glory: and gratitude was continually urging to (?), and thanksgiving. I spent this Winter With my Mother Alone, in the Country, and I do aver it was the happiest Winter I had ever seen.......New Sources of pleasure were opened, of which before I had only faint Consceptions, My highest enjoyments were in pouring out my soul to God, and receiving from him foretastes of that Felicity his Word has promised and taught me to expect in the World above. Am earnest fever and desire for the universal Salvation of Mankind assured me law of love was written by the finger of God, in this new heart he had given me.

It was now first I began to live - The past Appeared like a vain Dream, on which I would scarcely alow myself to think a Moment. A line of separation appeared to be drawn between me, and all my former pleasures and pursuits - I found that tho' in the World, I was not of the World. And I bless God, from that time, to the present, I am not weary of his Service; Who has called me to take my Cross and follow him through good and evil report. I find myself amply repaid for every sacrifice: and

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