Philadelphia, 18 Jany 1800
(Recd 30 Jany, 1800)
Dear Madam (Answd by T Lear 5 Feby, 1980)
Excuse the liberty I take in forwarding you the enclosed testimony, of profound veneration for the merits - & of unfeigned sorrow for the departure of your late dear & invaluable husband. 1 It would be presumption to offer consolation on so afflective an event - yet could universal sympathy afford you any aleviation, never could sorrow be so assuaged as yours - You have the sympathy of millions & the affectionate regrets not of America alone but of the wise and good throughout the world
May Heaven enable you to improve this melancholy bereavement: & while the streams of earthly comfort are dry'd up - may you derive the richest consolations from the favour & love of the Creator & Redeemer of the world -
With the highest respect &
I remain Dear Madam - your
Mrs Washington Mount Vernon.
(Docket) 3 From Mr. Saml Bayard 18 Jany 1800 To Mrs Washington
Ansr Feby 5
( January 18, 1800)
The letter was written for MW by Tobias Lear. See supra, Elias Boudinot to MW, January 2, 1800. The text of the letter is not available.