January 10, 1800
The letter was probably written for Martha Washington by Tobias Lear, in answer to the letters of Maria Rose to M.W., Dec 24, 1799. See supra. The text is not available.
Dear Sir, Mount Vernon, January 10, 1800
Mrs. Washington has received your letter of the 1st instant, enclosing a model of the monument proposed to be erected by yourself and the Officers of the Union Brigade to the memory of your much lamented Commander in Chief, and has requested me to express the Grateful Sensibility with which she views this tribute of respect and veneration paid by yourself and the Corps under your command, to the memory of her beloved Husband; and at the same time to assure you of her sincere acknowledgements for the fervent wishes which you express for her consolation under the late afflicting dispensations of Providence. 1
With great Respt & esteem I am dr Sr Yr Mo Ob st Colo. W.S. Smith
To Colo. Wm S. Smith Jany 11. 1800
Madam ( Boston) January 11th 1800
The Grand Lodge of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, have deeply participated in the general grief of their Fellow Citizens, on the melancholy occassion of the death of their beloved Washington. As Americans, they have lamented the loss of the Chief, who had led their armies to victory, and their country to glory; but as masons, they have wept the dissolution of that endearing relation, by which they were enabled to call him their friend and their brother They presume not to offer those consolations which might alleviate the weight of common Sorrow, for they are themselves inconsolable. The object of this address