April 5, 1800
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Mrs. Washington begs Bishop Madison's acceptance of her most grateful acknowledgements for his excellent Discourse while he has been so good as to send her, and which she receives as a valuable Testimony of his sincere condolence in her late afflictive Loss. 1
Mount Vernon, April 5, 1800
To Bishop Madison 5 April 1800
My dear Madam, Mount Vernon, April 5th 1800
I have received with deep sensability your sympathizing letter of the 10th of March - To those only who have experienced losses like ours can our distresses be known - words are inadequate to convey an idea of them - and the silent sympathy of Friends who have felt the like dispensation speaks a language better known to the heart than the most expressive eloquance can communicate - your affliction I have often marked and as often have keenly felt for you but my own experience has taught me that griefs like these can not be removed by the condolence of friends however sincere - If the mingling tears of numerus friends - if the sympathy of a Nation and every testimoney of respect of veneration paid to the memory of the partners of our hearts could afford consolation you and myself would experience it in the highest degree but we know that there is but one source from whence comfort can be derived under afflictions like ours To this we must look with pious resignation and with that pure confidence which our holy releigion inspires
I pray you to offer my best wishes to your good mother and assure her of my affectionate remembrance - That we shall not meet again in this