Lebanon, Dec. 30, 1799
Among the number of those who will approach you with their expressioins of Condolence, on the afflicting event of the much to be lamented Death of your most respected & Honorable Consort, there is no one who will do it with more tender, sincere & affectionate regard on this solemn & distressing occasion, than the writer of this letter. 1
You know too well Madam, the high respect, & affectionate regard, which I ever entertained for the illustrious Deceased to need any assurances of the deep affliction & sympathy which I felt on this very mournful Event. A second Father, as he has been, in many respects to me, - his Death has opened afresh the deeply impressed Wound, which the Loss of my first venerable parent had formerly occasioned. 2 But he is gone and our Duty, however hard it may be at the first instance, is to Bow submissive to the Divine Will -- His own words, written to me on a similar occasion (the Death of my Father) are so peculiarly consolatory at the moment, and are also so particularly consolatory at this moment, and are also so particularly applicable to my subject as well as to himself that I am impelled to give them to you without apology, etc.
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Letter sold in the Hale Hunter Sale, Anderson Galleries, Sale No. 1270, January 25-26, 1917, item 371.
New London, 31st December 1799
(answd Jany 15 1800 by T. Lear)
Accept, dear Madam, my Condolence for the Loss of the best of Men - although the Part I take, in this sore and extensive Calamity, will appear