December 24, 1799
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My Dear Madam
To tell you that I most sincerely sympathize with on the late melancholy Event, 1 but faintly expresses my sensibilities on the afflictive Subject, and tho the Season is far advanced, and the Roads bad, I would most certainly pay a Visit to your House of Mourning, could I afford to you the smallest consolation under this seemingly hard dispensation of Providence; but I too well know that no consolation can be affected by human Agency. The healing Hand of Time, and pious resignation to the inscrutable decrees of God can alone tranquilize your Soul, not that I believe that one Trace of the amiable Qualities of your departed Friend will during your life be obliterated from your mind; but the Wounds of affliction admit only the involuntary shrinkings of nature under the heavy pressure of Affliction will never surely be imputed to no as criminal. You have lost the man of your choice the protector and support of your declining years; but he is removed to regions of bliss, and his departed Spirit may still be permitted to hover round you, and those Friends that justly appreciate his merit. I am told that he ended his glorious well spent Life by a painful tho hasty death that he retained the faculties of his mind to the last moment, and died as he had lived like a man and christian, and I sincerely hope that you may be enabled to support the severe Trial with fortitude and resignation. I presume your Grand children are with you,