Department of State: Philadelphia,
7 April 1800
Madam (Answd by T. Lear Apl 8 1800)
I have the honor to enclose a copy of an Act of Congress, extending to you the privilege' of franking letters and packages, and to be
With great respect Your most obed. Servt. Timothy Pickering. 1
Mrs. Martha Washington Mount Vernon
(Docket) From Colo. Pickering April 7,1800
AN ACT to extend the privilege of franking letters and packages to Martha Washington. BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That all letters and packages to and from Martha Washington relict of the late General George Washington, shall be received and conveyed by post free of postage for and during her life. Thodore Sedgwick Speaker of the House of Representatives. Th: Jefferson Vice President of the United States, and President of the Senate.
Approved April 3d 1800 John Adams President of the United States
New York, 7 April 1800 (answd by T. Lear Apl 23. 1800)
Permit me my dear Madam to offer and pray your acceptance of the enclosed Copy of an Oration pronounced on our deceased friend. 1 I should earlier have taken this Liberty but I thought it most fitting to wait untill Time had in some Degree Soothed your deep affliction fearful lest even this slight memorial might excite too strong Emotion.
Believe me no person has felt a greater individual share in the public grief or sympathized more sincerely with you in this heaviest Loss.
With sincere and respectful attachment I am
my dear Madam Your obedient Servant Gouv Morris2