demonstrate how dearly they prized his amiable disposition & domestic
virtues, by imitating his conduct in private life. To be great is the lot of few
---to be good, is within the lot of all. What are the inestimable consolations
of a good Conscience, in the hour of affliction, no one knows better than
yourself; and it ought not to be indifferent to you that Posterity too will
know, that, in all your social relations & in discharging all the duties of
your sex, the whole tenour of your conduct has been highly exemplary
and worthy of the most unreserved approbation; Indeed, that it has been
worthy of the wife of Genl Washington.
With such consolatory reflections I bid you an affectionate adieu, in
renewing the assurances of the great regard & esteem, with which
I have the honour to be
Dear & respected Madam
Your Sincere friend &
humble Servant D. Humphreys2
Mrs Washington &c &c &c Mount Vernon
P.S. I request my best respects may be offered to all my friends with you
& in your vicinity. The poem alluded to is prepared for publication in America.
From Colo. Humphrey July 5. 1800
Eloge funebre de Washington. Prounce dans le temple de Mars, par Louis Fontanes,
de 20 pluviose an 8 ( Feb. 8, 1800) Paris; de l'Imprimerie de H. Agasse, 1800.
David Humphreys ( 1752-1818), a native of Connecticut, graduated from Yale, and
shortly after joined the Revolutionary Army. He had a brilliant military, career rising to the
rank of Lieutenant-colonel and Aide-de-camp to Washington. Following the war his
diplomatic career was as brilliant as his military one. He was abruptly called home by his
political enemy, Jefferson. He then then turned to raising thoroughbred merino sheep and
founded a successful company for the manufacture of cloth. Throughout his adult life he
wrote considerable poetry. He had a life-long devotion to General Washington, which was
reciprocated. He was without a doubt Washington's favorite aide and confidante. His close
friend, John Trumbull, penned a poetic eulogy which ended, "here Humphreys rests -
belov'd of Washington." See, Humphreys, 2:439-41.
Thomas Peter to Lawrence Lewis
( July 5, 1800)
Recd. July 5,1800 of Mr J. Carlton, Clerke of the Potomack Company
Four hundred and forty one dollars, sixty nine cents by power of an order
drawn in favor of Mrs Martha Washington by Law Lewis1 acting Executor
of Genl George Washington and by me applyd to the use of Mrs Washington agreeable to her instructions.
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: 390.
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