George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Sarah Livingston Alexander, 20 January 1783

Newburgh Jany 20th 1783

My Lady,

Having been informed by a Letter of the 14th Instt from Captn Sill of the unspeakable loss Your Ladiship has experienced, I feel the sincerest dispositions to alleviate by sympathy or participation those sorrows which I am sensible cannot be removed or effaced. for this purpose, I would also have suggested every rational topic of consolation, was I not fully perswaded that the principles of Philosophy & Religeon of which you are possessed had anticipated every thing I could say on the subject.

It only remains then as a small but just tribute to the Memory of My Lord Stirling to express how deeply I share in the common affliction, on being deprived of the public and professional assistance, as well as the private friendship of an officer of so high Rank with whom I had lived in the strictest habits of Amity—and how much those Military Merits of His Lordship which rendered him respected in his life time, are now regretted by the whole Army.

It will doubtless be a soothing consideration in the poignancy of your grief, to find that the General Officers are going into Mourning for My Lord.

Mrs Washington joins me in requesting that your Ladiship and Lady Kitty will be assured that we feel the tenderest sensibility on this melancholy occasion. With sentiments of perfect esteem & respect. I am, Yr Ladiships Most Obedt & Hble Servt

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