Boston, 28th April 1800
Ansd by T. Lear May 12 1800
As a small tribute of our veneration for the memory of your Illustrious, deceased Husband, and respect for your Amiable and dignified Virtues, we have ventured to Dedicate the volume which accompanies this Letter to You - fondly hoping that it will meet the sanction of your approbation, and in some measure prove a Solace to the gloomy hours which Your and the Nation's irreparable Loss, has occasioned.
with the highest Respect, we are Madam your most Obedt Servts John Russell1
Jno West2 Mrs. Martha Washington Mrs. Martha Washington Mount Vernon From Messrs. John Russell & John West 28 April 1800
( May 1, 1800)
The text is not available. It was written for MW by Tobias Lear. Dr. Jean Pierre Le Mayeur, a French dentist, came to America during the Revolution. In the summer of 1783 he came to Washington's headquarters and performed dental work for the General. During 1784 he was living near Alexandria and was a frequent visitor and overnight guest at Mt. Vernon. He later settled in Richmond where, surprisingly enough, he advertised his ability to perform dental surgery and transplant teeth. He was a great favorite of George Washington Parke Custis by virtue of a gift of a wooden toy horse. See Diaries, 4:193-94. Writings, 27:465.