Sir Mount Vernon, May 15, 1800
In compliance with Mrs. Washington's request, I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter to her of the 15th of March, with three copies of the funeral oration which the French Lodge, L'Amenite', in Philadelphia, have consecrated to the memory of her husband. 1
Impressed with a lively sense of this testimonial of respect and veneration paid to the memory of the partner of her heart, Mrs. Washington begs the lodge will be assured of her grateful acknowledgements; and you will be pleased to accept her best thanks for the obliging manner in which you have communicated their sympathy in her affliction and irreparable loss.
I am, sir, Very respectfully, Your obedient servant Tobias Lear Secretary to the late General Washington
Sir, Mount Vernon, May 15, 1800
Mrs. Washington has duly received your obliging and sympathetic letter of the 2d of April, together with your Eulogy on the life of her late beloved Husband. 1
While Mrs Washington requests me to acknowledge the receipt of them, she begs you will be assured of the grateful sense which she entertains of this tribute of respect and veneration ( ) to the memory of the Partner of her heart - and desires that you and Mrs. Cunningham will accept her prayers and best wishes for your health and Happiness.
I am Sir, very respectfully Your most obed svt Tobias Lear
Mr. William Cunningham Junr Lunenburg, near Worcester Massachts To Mr. Wm. Cunnngham Jr. 15 May 1800