from Colo. Pickering 17th March 1800
Fisher Ames ( 1758-1808), a native of Massachusetts, was a brilliant intellectual and as
an orator comparable to Patrick Henry and Henry Clay. He worked diligently for ratification
of the Federal Constitution in Masssachusetts and was a member of the first four Congresses.
As a militant Federalist he was a staunch supporter of Hamilton and his policies. His speech
before Congress in support of the Jay Treaty remains one of the greatest ever delivered
before that body. The oration referred to was: An Oration on the Sublime Virtues of General
George Washington, pronounced at the Old South Meeting House in Boston, Before His Honor the
Lieutenant Governor, the Council, and the Two Branches of the Legislature of Massachusetts, At Their
Request, ----8th of February, 1800, By Fisher Ames. Boston: 1800.
Timothy Pickering ( 1745-1829) served in the Continental Army. He rose to the rank
of adjutant-general and later quartermaster-general. During the Washington administration
he served a brief term as postmaster-general and in 1795 became secretary of war. Later in
the year he succeeded Edmund Randolph as secretary of state. As an ardent Federalist he
was an admirer of Washington, a loyal supporter of Hamilton, but became a political enemy
of John Adams.
From Theodore Foster
Much respected Madam Philadelphia, March 18t 1800
In condoling with you sincerely on account of the Death of the great
and excellent General Washington, the Boast and the Glory of our
Country, I do no more than is done by every just Citizen, and by the World
at large. - Silence therefore, expressive, on this very mournful Occasion,
would have best become Me, had not my Friend Doct William Rogers1
requested Me to forward the inclosed Pamphlet, containing a Copy of the
Religious Exercises, at the Time of the Eulogy, at the German reformd
Church, in this City
2 on the 22d Ulto. - The Universal Condolence of the
Nation, so sincerely felt and manifested, indicates the highest public
Esteem and Gratitude for your late Husband, who reigned in the Hearts,
and possessed in a Manner unparellelled the Affections of a great and
numerous People. The public Testimonials of Respect for his Memory, and
the general Solicitude for the Happiness of yourself and Connexions must
afford you some Consolation in the Scene of Affliction you experience,
especially when it is considered that this Respect for him and his
immediate Connexion, is not a Temporary thing, - That it will go down
the long Stream of Time, with increasing Veneration, to the latest Ages of
Posterity. For he was so universally belovd that his Eulogy is now and will
continue to be a delightful Theme, for the good, the Sentimental and the
ingenious in all future Time. That Almighty God may preserve you, in
Health, console you by the Supporting Influence of his Spirit, and bestow
on you all possible Happiness is the sincere Prayer of
Your respectful and
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: 365.
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