Mount Vernon, March 15t, 1800
The kind sympathy which you express for my afflictive loss - and your fervent prayers for my present comfort and future happiness, impress my mind with gratitude. The precepts of our holy Religion have long since taught me, that in the severe and trying scenes of life, our only sure Rock of comfort and consolation is the Divine Being who orders and directs all things for our good.
Bowing with humble submission, to the dispensations of his Providence, and relying upon that support which he has promised to those who put their trust in him, I hope I have borne my late irreparable loss with Christian fortitude. - To a feeling heart, the sympathy of friends, and the evidences of universal respect paid to the memory of the deceased, - are truly grateful. - But while these aleviate our grief, we find that the only sense of comfort is from above.
It gives me great pleasure to hear that your good Mother yet retains her health and faculties unimpaired, - and that you experience those comforts which the Scriptures promise to those who obey the Laws of God. - That you may continue to enjoy the blessings of this life - and receive hereafter the portion of the Just is the prayer of your sincere friend & obt Servt. 1
Df by Tobias Lear. DTP.
Mr. Ames desires me to forward the enclosed oration to you "as a testimony of his very great respect." 1 Permit me to embrace the occasion to assure you of mine.
Philadelphia March 17, 1800 Mrs. Washington