(May 25, 1800)
The text is unavailable. Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., was MW's nephew, the son of her brother, Bartholomew Dandridge, Sr. He had been private secretary to GW during the presidency, after which he became secretary to American legation at the Court of St. James. Later he became counsul to San Domingo. He died there, unmarried, in 1802. 5 W ( 1) 36.
Permit me to request your acceptance of a work in which, on various accounts, you will naturally feel yourself deeply interested. In the volume herewith transmitted, you will find the letters of one to whom you had been long united by ties of the tenderest nature, & in the course of the communications which I had the honour of receiving from the president of the United States, you will perceive with what pleasure he anticipated the memorable era "when the Scenes of his Political Life should close and leave him in the Shades of retirement," a circumstance on which he could not have dwelt with such peculiar satisfaction had he not found in you an agreeable companion & a faithful friend.
You will also find various particulars in those letters, honourable to the memory of General Washington, both as a man and as a statesman, and at the conclusion of the whole, an attempt, however imperfectly the task is executed, to do justice to the character of this most extra-ordinary personage whose merits cannot be surpassed by those of any individual that either ancient or modern times have produced.
No monument is unquestionably necessary to perpetuate the fame of so great a man, but anxious that nothing of a mean or mercenary nature should be connected with the name of Washington, I resolved to dedicate any emolument that might be derived from the publication to the paying of some tribute of respect to his memory.
These are all the circumstances connected with the work in question with which it is necessary for me to trouble you.
Sincerely wishing that you may long witness the grateful sense which America must necessarily entertain of the merit & virtues of your illustrious husband, I beg to subscribe myself,
with much respect Madam Your very Humble & most obedient Servant John Sinclair2