The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 35

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 35

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 35

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 35

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To ELIZABETH PARKE CUSTIS LAW1

Philadelphia, March 30, 1796.

My dear Betsey: Melancholy as the event is, on which you wrote the 25th. instant; and unwelcome as you knew the information must be, yet it was the part of prudence to communicate it as early as you did: and the precaution you took of writing to me, was well judged; and wd. have been necessary, had we not been previously prepared for the shock, by letters from Mr. Lear; giving an account of her situation, which left no hope, in me of a different result.

Mrs. Lear2 was good and amiable, and your Society will feel the loss of her. But the Dispensations of Providence are as inscrutable, as they are wise and uncontroulable. It is the duty therefore of Religion and Philosophy, to submit to its decrees, with as little repining as the sensibility of our natures, will permit.

My compliments to Mr. Law. In a joint letter, written a few days ago to him, by your Grandmamma and myself, we offered you both our congratulations on your union. and I repeat them again, with sincerity, being Your Affectionate3

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