( January 23, 1800)
The letter was written for MW by Tobias Lear. See supra, Alexander Hamilton to MW, January 2, 1800. The text of this letter is not available.
Madam Philada, Jan. 25th 1800
In consideration of the elevated rank of your departed husband, whose extraordinary atchievements place him among the first of heroes, I have been urged to issue proposals for publishing his life. The enclosed is a copy. I pray you do Justice to my principles, and believe me sincerely devoted to the love of truth With sentiments of great respect
I have the honor to be
your most obt. Sert.
(Address) Mrs Washington Mount Vernon
(Docket by Tobias Lear) From Mr. Josh Scott Jany 25. 1800 To Mrs.
My dear Aunt
The improved Lot in Alexandria; the household furniture including (as I concieve in that description) the pictures & plate; the kitchen furniture; the liquors, groceries & dead victuals laid in at the time of the General's death belong absolutely to you & may be disposed of by you, when & how you please.
The Specific legatees are entitled immediately to recieve & enjoy the legacies bequeathed to them - Those Legacies I concieve it would be unecessary to enumerate as they can be at once distinguished by reference to the will. You have a right I think, to retain the possession of the residue of the estate of every kind from Land down to a penknife and to recieve & enjoy the profits & interest of such parts thereof as yield profit during your life. But as you, or your representatives after your death, will be liable to account for all the personal estate delivered into your hands according to the inventory thereof, (except for such articles as may perish or be consumed in the ordinary support of the family) you will readily percieve,