( April 15, 1800)
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Harvard University Cambridge, April 16. 1800
recd June 3d, 1800
Madam, Ansd by T lear june 6, 1800
All who belong to the University, both Governors and Pupils, have shared largely in the heart-felt grief which has pervaded our Nation, upon the death of General Washington, the tender Father and disinterested Friend of his Country, and your affectionate and excellent Husband.
Inclination as well as duty induced the Government of the University to have public notice taken in the Society of the very painful event. - A part of the performance has been printed; and the College begs your acceptance of one Copy for yourself, one to be presented to the Academy in Alexandria, of which he was a Patron and liberal Supporter, and one to be reserved for the National University, for the founding and establishing of which he has made so generous and noble bequest, 1
I beg leave to subscribe, with the most sympathetic feelings, and with the highest esteem and respect, Madam, your most humble & obedient servant Joseph Willard2
Mrs Washington (Address) Mrs Washington Mount Vernon Virginia From The Revd Joseph Willard April 16. 1800.