world is almost certain but as you justly observe it is certainly a consolation and flattering to poor mortality to believe that we shall meet here after in a better place.
With sincere thanks for your good wishes and prayers for your happyness I remain
My Dear madam yours sincerely Martha Washington1
(Docket) 1800 Martha Washington
Sir, Mount Vernon, April 5: 1800
Mrs. Washington has duly received your letter of the 26th ultimo, enclosing one from your daughter, expressing an earnest wish to have a scrap of General Washington's handwriting: or a lock of his hair, to keep as a memorial of veneration for his Character. - The ardent wish expressed by your daughter - and the earnest desire for its gratification which the feelings of a parent naturally suggest, have induced Mrs. Washington to comply with the request by sending the lock of hair, which I have now the honor to enclose: and at the same time to assure you that Mrs. Washington receives your expressions of condolence with due sensibility.
I return your Daughter's charming letter and have the honor to be
very respectfully, Sir, Your most Obedt. Servt. Tobias Lear
The Honle Peleg Wadsworth Esq. (To) The Honble Free Peleg Wadsworth Esqr. Member of Congress. Philadelphia
ALS of Tobias Lear for Martha Washington. MeHi.