is the ardent wish of him who remains with the highest considerations of
admiration and respect.
Your most obt. and most
Franc: Adr. van der Kemp1
Recd March 10, 1800
Answd by T. Lear March 13 1800
Francis Adrian van der Kemp ( 1752-1829) was a Dutch soldier and Mennonite
clergyman. He was a leader of the Patriot Party in the Netherlands attempting to limit the
powers of the House of Orange and the Stadtsholder. Their ultimate goal was the recovery
of the "ancient rights" of the Dutch people. Following a military uprising in Utrecht he was
taken prisoner and incarcerated for about six months. Upon payment of a £ 7500 levy he was
released. To him asylum in American seemed the only recourse. He arrived in America in March, 1788 with a letter of introduction from the Marquis de la Fayette to GW. He had
previously made the acquaintance of John Adams in the Netherlands. He visited Mount
Vernon on July 29 and 30, 1788. He took up resident in up-state New York, became an
American citizen, and pursued agricultural, literary, and scholarly pursuits. 5 Diaries, 369-70; 29 Writings504-6; 30 Writings, 103; The Papers of Thoms Jefferson, 16:285, Princeton, 1961. See
also DAB, 19:179.
To Julia Bowen, Mary B. Howell, Abby Chace,
and Sally Halsey
Ladies Mount Vernon, March 12, 1800
In granting the request contained in your sympathetic letter of the
24th of February, I beg you to be assured of the grateful sensibility with
which I receive your expressions of condolence and kind wishes for my
happiness. If innumerable testimonies of respect and veneration paid to
the memory of my dear departed Husband, or if universal sympathy in
my afflicting loss could afford consolation, mine would be complete. But
while I see and acknowledge these with a grateful heart I find consolation
only in the bosom of that Being by whose dispensation I have been
That your Virtues may be exemplary - that your passage through life
may be marked with the Blessings of Heaven and that happiness hereafter
may be your portion prays
Your friend & obedt Servt
Misses Julia Bowen Mary B. Howell Abby Chace Sally Halsey
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
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: 363.
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