Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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To Reverend Mr. Moffatt

Dear Sir, Mount Vernon, June 6, 1800

Mrs. Washington has received from the President of the University at Cambridge a Copy of the performances at that Seminary, 1 commemorative of the Death of the Father of our Country, with a request that it might be presented to the Academy in Alexandria, 2 of which he was a Patron and Liberal Supporter; and in compliance with her desire I have now the honor to transmit the same to you.

With great respect & esteem I am dear Sir Yr. Mo. Ob. Svt Tobias Lear The Revd. Mr. Moffatt3

Dfs, ViMtV.

1.
See supra, letter from Joseph Willard, April 16, 1800, n.1.
2.
The Alexandria Academy was founded in 1785, through the efforts of a number of Alexandria residents. George Washington was named a trustee in November, 1785. His nephews, George and Lawrence Washington, were enrolled there. Washington bequeathed the Academy 4000 Dollars (20 shares of Bank of Alexandria stock), only the dividends from which was to be used by the trustees. The Bank of Alexandria wound up its affairs in 1832 and the principal disappeared with it. See Prussing, p. 45; Helderman, George Washington, Patron of. Learning, New York, 1932, p. 176-83.
3.
At this time Reverend Moffatt was the master of the Alexandria Academy. General Washington noted in a letter to Dr. David Stuart, February 26, 1798, he doubted Mr. Moffatt would be able to discharge his duties at the Academy and have time to supervise the lackadaisical George Washington Parke Custis. 36 Writings, 170.

To Reverend Joseph Willard

Reverend Sir, Mount Vernon, June 6, 1800

In compliance with the request of Mrs. Washington, I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter to her of the 16th of April, together with three Copies of the performances of the University over which you preside, commemorative of the death of her beloved Husband. 1

This tribute of respectful veneration paid to the memory of the Partner of her Heart, Mrs. Washington receives with grateful sensibility, and while she acknowledges the deep impression made on her mind by the sympathetic feelings expressed in your letter, as well as in the performances, she begs that her best thanks may be made acceptable to yourself and the college; and requests me to assure you that your wishes, with respect to two of these copies, shall be truly fulfilled. 2

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