at your expense: It is clear, that the executors have nothing to do, but to collect the debts, sell when necessary, & discharge the debts and legacies due from the estate.
You will consider the above, as being merely the opinion of a friend, given without an opportunity of consulting books, or of bestowing as much consideration upon the subjects as they perhaps deserve. I may possibly be mistaking in some of the points; but should I upon further reflection discover any errors in this opinion, I shall lose no time in correcting them. My object is to define the rights which belong to you, so that none of them may be lost to you, & to prevent you so far as possible from committing any mistake which can in any manner embarrass or perplex you.
Yr Affect Nephew
Jany 26, 1800
(Address) Mrs Washington of Mount Vernon
(Docket in handwriting of MW) Mr B. Washingtons Letters to M Wn
Gentlemen Mount Vernon, January 27. 1800
Mrs. Washington has received with Sensibility, your letter of the 11th instant, enclosing a vote of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts requesting a lock of her deceased Husband's hair to be preserved in a Golden Urn with the Jewels & Regalia of the Grand Lodge. In complying with this request by sending the lock of hair, which you will find enclosed, Mrs. Washington begs me to assure you, that she views with gratitude, the tributes of respect and affection paid to the memory of her dear deceased husband, and receives with a feeling heart, the expressions of sympathy contained in your letter.
With great respect & esteem I have the honor Gentle Your most Obed, Serv.
Tobias Lear1 John Warren Paul Revere, Esqrs. Josiah Bartlett