February 27, 1800
The text of this letter is unavailable. It was written for MW by Tobias Lear. Undoubtedly it is a letter of appreciation for the copy of the second edition of General Henry Lee's oration, sent by Sedgwick to MW, February 17, 1800. See supra.
du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette
( February 28, 1800)
The text of this letter is unavailable.
From Monsieur A. Belin
March 5, 1800
The text of this letter is unavailable. It may be from the Secretary of the French Masonic Lodge. See, Sidney Hayden, Washington and His Masonic Compeers, New York, 1905, p. 215: "There existed in Philadelphia at that time, under a warrant from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, a French Lodge of Ancient York Masons, known as "'L'Amenite'", No. 71.' On the following week ( January 1, 1800), a sorrow lodge was held by these brethren, which was attended by the officers of the Grand Lodge and a great number of the Fraternity of that city. After the concluson of ceremonies peculiar to such a lodge, an oration was delivered by its orator, SIMON CHAUDRON. in the French language, which was followed by an address in English by the Master, JOSEPH DE LA GRANGE. This oration was published in both the French and English languages, and copies were sent to the President and Vice-president of the United States, to the Governor of Pennsylvania, and to Mrs. WASHINGTON at Mount Vernon. They all acknowledged their receipt by letter; and Mrs. Washington's by the hand of the private secretary of her late husband,...." See, infra, Tobias Lear to Mon. A. Belin, May 15, 1800.
March 6, 1800
The text of this letter is not available. The sender has not been identified.