Union Brigade New Jersey, Jany 1. 1800
Most respected Madam.
Permit me to present to you a model of that monument, which myself and the officers of the Brigade I have the honor to Command, consisting of the 11th. 12th. & 13th Regt. of Infantry, have determined to erect at this Cantonment to the memory of our much lamented Commander in Chief
If the attempt I have made in the Composition and the design of the monument, will not minutely bear the Eye of Critisism, I must solicit indulgence; as it is the first and only thing of the kind I ever attempted
And considering my former situation in the last War with your departed friend, I hope I shall stand excused in presuming, to attempt, to contribute, with the Corps I Command, to the respect paid to his memory, in Common with my Countrymen at large -
By you Madam, I hope it will be received as a pledge of my deepest Sorrow, for my Countrys' Loss, and your particular distress - may that Power whose penetrating Eye, must have always looked with satisfaction on your Glaring Virtues, preserve you from future ills, and arm your soul with the resignation to the dispensations of His Providence - with the most perfect reverence and respect, I have ye honor to be - Madam
Your Most Obedt Humble Servt W.S.Smith1
(Docket by Tobias Lear)
From Colo. Wm. S Smith
January 1, 1800
Answd by T. Lear
Jany. 11. 99 (sic)
January 2, 1800
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