is the ardent wish of him who remains with the highest considerations of admiration and respect.
Your most obt. and most
Franc: Adr. van der Kemp1
Recd March 10, 1800 Answd by T. Lear March 13 1800
and Sally Halsey
Ladies Mount Vernon, March 12, 1800
In granting the request contained in your sympathetic letter of the 24th of February, I beg you to be assured of the grateful sensibility with which I receive your expressions of condolence and kind wishes for my happiness. If innumerable testimonies of respect and veneration paid to the memory of my dear departed Husband, or if universal sympathy in my afflicting loss could afford consolation, mine would be complete. But while I see and acknowledge these with a grateful heart I find consolation only in the bosom of that Being by whose dispensation I have been afflicted.
That your Virtues may be exemplary - that your passage through life may be marked with the Blessings of Heaven and that happiness hereafter may be your portion prays
Your friend & obedt Servt 1
Misses Julia Bowen Mary B. Howell Abby Chace Sally Halsey