demonstrate how dearly they prized his amiable disposition & domestic virtues, by imitating his conduct in private life. To be great is the lot of few ---to be good, is within the lot of all. What are the inestimable consolations of a good Conscience, in the hour of affliction, no one knows better than yourself; and it ought not to be indifferent to you that Posterity too will know, that, in all your social relations & in discharging all the duties of your sex, the whole tenour of your conduct has been highly exemplary and worthy of the most unreserved approbation; Indeed, that it has been worthy of the wife of Genl Washington.
With such consolatory reflections I bid you an affectionate adieu, in renewing the assurances of the great regard & esteem, with which
I have the honour to be Dear & respected Madam Your Sincere friend & humble Servant D. Humphreys2
Mrs Washington &c &c &c Mount Vernon
P.S. I request my best respects may be offered to all my friends with you & in your vicinity. The poem alluded to is prepared for publication in America.
From Colo. Humphrey July 5. 1800
( July 5, 1800)
Recd. July 5,1800 of Mr J. Carlton, Clerke of the Potomack Company Four hundred and forty one dollars, sixty nine cents by power of an order drawn in favor of Mrs Martha Washington by Law Lewis1 acting Executor of Genl George Washington and by me applyd to the use of Mrs Washington agreeable to her instructions. 2