( April 23, 1800)
The text is not available. It was written for MW by Tobias Lear. It probably contains an acknowledgement of the receipt of a copy of Griffith's oration on the death of GW, delivered at Burlington, New Jersey, February 22, 1800. See supra, William Griffith to MW, April 14, 1800.
Dear Sir, Mount Vernon, April 23d 1800
Mrs Washington has received, with lively sensibility, your friendly and sympathetic letter of the 7th instant, together with the Oration which accompamied it. 1
In acknowledging the receipt of these, at her request, she begs me to assure you, that your public testimony of respect & veneration for your deceased friend, and the expressions of sympathy for her irreparable loss, are received with a grateful heart, while the delicate apology, for not having sooner offered these to her view, enhances their value, as it evinces a feeling heart and a sincere grief. - She offers her best wishes for your health and happiness.
With great respect I have the honor to be Sir Yr. mo. obt St Tobias Lear
Gouvr. Morris Esq. Gouvr. Morris Esq. April 23d. 1800
Madam, New Kent, April 28th 1800
Although unknown to you, I have taken the liberty to make use of your name to convey Safely the several package to Miss M.W. Dandridge now an inmate of yours. 1 If I have presumed too much upon your