Revnd Sir, Mount Vernon, Feby 17th, 1800
Your letter of the 11th instant, to Mrs. Washington, and the Pamphlet therein mentioned, have been duly received, for which she begs your acceptance of her most grateful acknowledgements. And requests me to assure you, that while her great consolation, in the late melancholy Event, is drawn from the precepts of our Holy Religion; Yet she is truly sensible of the sincere sympathy of her friends, and highly grateful for their kind efforts to alleviate her grief. Your discourses will be read with much satisfaction, and your prayers that she may receive the Consolations of the Gospel will be remembered with gratitude.
With very great Respect I have the honor to be Revd Sir Your mo ob st Tobias Lear
The Revd Uzal Ogden To The Revd. Uzal Ogden 17th Feby 1800
Df by Tobias Lear. ViMtV.
Dear and Respected Madam: Madrid, February 22, 1800
Too long was I an inmate of your hospitable family, and too intimately connected with the late illustrious head of it, not to share in the poignancy of your distress for the death of the best of husbands. The loss of the most distinguished man of the age is an event which has produced an extensive mourning in Europe as well as in America. On the return of this day, which was signalized by his birth and which was accustomed to be celebrated with heartfelt festivity throughout the United States, what mingled ideas crowd upon the recollection! Grief more genuine or more universal was never manifested in any age or in any nation. While a grateful country offers to you the joint tribute of sympathetic tears, I am encouraged to hope that the solitary condolences of an absent friend will not be unseasonable or unacceptable. Accept, then that pledge of my sincere affection and respect for you. In the season of severe afflictions, I know you were ever exposed to listen to the voice of friendship, reason, and religion. When, nearly nineteen years ago, you were bereaved by death of a dear, an only son, after having mentioned the superior motives for a resignation to the dispensations of the Deity, I attempted to