Mrs. Washington From Gouvr. Morris Esqr April 7 - 1800
An Oration, upon the Death of General Washington, by Gouverneur Morris. Delivered at the
request of the Corporation of the City of New York, on the 31st day of December, 1799. And published
by their Request. New-York, printed by John Furman. 1800. 24 pp. 8vo.
Gouverneur Morris ( 1752-1816), member of the Continental Congress ( 1777-1779),
member of the Federal Constitutional Convention, appointed minister to France ( 1792-1794)
by GW, and elected United States senator. GW and Morris carried on an extensive
correspondence. He was a frequent visitor to the Washingtons during the Revolution and
at their residences in New York, Philadelphia, and Mount Vernon.
To Charles H. Atherton
April 7, 1800
The text of this letter is unavailable, It was probably written in
answer to Atherton letter to MW, March 23, 1800. See supra and n. 1.
From Henry Lee
Madam Pha, 10th April 1800
As soon as we understood that the postage of letters to you had
become immoderate, a bill was introduced extendg to you the right of
In this new testimonial of respect to yourself I am happy in
communicating the unanimous assent of Congress - Permit me to avail
myself of this opportunity in repeating my unceasing disposition to
contribute by every means in my power to yr happiness or convenience
- with the highest respect & most sincere regard I have the honor to be
Yr most ob: h: ser Henry Lee1
From Genl. H. Lee April 10, 1800
Henry (Light Horse Harry) Lee ( 1756-1818), Revolutionary War cavalry officer and
long-time friend of GW. Lee was a member of the Continental Congress ( 1785-88), and of
the Virginia ratifying Convention. He served as Governor of Virginia from 1792 till 1795. In 1799 he was elected to Congress and was the first to describe GW as "first in war, first in
peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen." Lee remains one of the great cavalry officers
in American history. He was the father of Robert E. Lee.