Montpellier Apl. 30. 33
I have recd. your letter of the 25th. inst: which requests my Company at the laying of the Corner Stone of the proposed monument to the memory of the Mother of Washington
I feel much regret that my very advanced age, to which is added a continued indisposition, will not permit me to be present; on an occasion commemorative of the mother of him who was the father of his own Country, and has left in his example & his Counsels a rich legacy to every Country.
Be pleased to accept Sir, for yourself your Colleagues of the Monumental Committee the expression of my cordial respects.