Sir, Mount Vernon, Feby 5th 1800
Mrs. Washington requests me to acknowledge the receipt of your letter to her of the 18th ultimo, together with the Oration accompanying it; and at the same time to beg your acceptance of her best thanks and grateful acknowledgements as well for the testimony of respect and veneration paid to the memory of her dear deceased Husband, as for the sentiments of condolence and wishes for her happiness expressed in your letter. - 1
To the late afflicting dispensation of Divine Providence, Mrs. Washington submits with humble resignation, and altho' she looks only for consolation to that Being from whom only we can receive comfort in the severest trials; Yet she acknowledges, with due sensibility, the alleviation which she receives from the numerous testimonies of sincere grief for the loss, and of profound respect which have been paid to the memory of the partner of her heart; and in placing your performance among the number of those, she begs you will be assured of her best wishes for your happiness.
With great respect, I am Sir, Yr. most obt St Tobias Lear
Saml Bayard Esq. To Saml. Bayard Esq. 5 Feby 1800
February 8, 1800
The text is unavailable. David Austin, Jr. ( 1760-1831), clergyman in New Jersey and Connecticut. He was the author of numerous religious pamphlets and sermons. He probably transmitted a copy of his address, viz: A Discourse delivered on the occasion of the death of George Washington late president, general and Commander in Chief of the forces of the United States of America, in compliance with the request of the Mayor, aldermen, and Common Council, of the Borough of Elizabeth, December 25, 1799. Also sketches of a running discourse delivered to the Union Brigade, in compliance with a request from Colonel Smith, thee Commanding officer, December 26, 1799, with an address to the throne of grace, offered at the door of the tabernacle of the cantonment on Green