that she receives with warm sensibility, the public tribute of respect & veneration which you have paid to the memory of her dear departed Husband 1
With great respect I am Sir Your most Obed Servt Tobias Lear
Mr. David Hale To David Hale Esq Octr. 31st. 1800
My Dear Madam Mount Vernon, November 11th 1800
I received your kind letter of september the 8th a few days ago - it gives me pleasure to find by it, that you were in good health - we have had an uncommon sickly autumn; all my family whites, and Blacks, have been very sick, many of ill - thank god they have all recovered again and I was so fortunate as not to loose any of them As to myself - I have always one complaint or another - I never expect to be well as long as I live in this world Mr Lear is tolerable well and for the present talks of setting himself down at his farm 1 he comes often to see me
The Boys are very well, 2 I am told lincoln is a very cleaver Boy and learns his book very well - the three Boy live in Charles town they are borded thair and have a very good school and master school Mr Lear thinks, the Boys has had very good health ever since they went into that back country - Maria 3 is with her aunt Hammond 4 - who is a second mother to her - I am told that she is a very fine child - I have not seen her since she first went up the country - I have long wished to see her but it has been thought improper to take her from school I with much pleasure send you the hair you so obliging desired 5 and shall be always ready to give you any information I can that will contribute to your happyness
with much esteem and regard I am dr madam your affectionate Friend
Text taken from the facsimile published in Decatur, Private Affairs of George Washington, p. 306. Boston, 1933.