Medford Jany. 28th. 1800
I sincerely symphire with you in the very great bereavement the Whole community has mett with in the Death of the Great & Good General Washington, such a Character is worthy of immation & I hope his last Legacy will every be in remembrance with every one that they may act as friends to their Countrys good. You my dear friend, must feel it more sensibly as you had the pleasure & happiness of being personly acquainted with so much worth, every town has done Honours to his Memory & shown all the respect that could be shown to any so deserving.
I send you a Sermon of Dr Osgoods which he deliver’d the Sabath after receiveing the Melancholy tidings, & a Eulogy by General Brooks a little after.
I hope the President is well that he will be supported & carried thro’ all difficultys & embarrasments with honour to himself & applause of the whole continent. I hope you have enjoyd your health since you left Quincy, if Mrs: Smith is with you remember me kindly to her hope she is well I flatter myself that my Son Fitch Hall stands fair as a canditate for the Office he wishes for indeed I can not help feeling anxious for him I think him deserving & wish he might obtain it that he might be settle’d in some steady way. My Best respects to the President in which Mr Hall joins with Your ever Affectionate / Friend & very Humble Servant
MHi: Adams Papers.