To Sarah Savage Thatcher

    Philadelphia        25 December 1799

    My dear—

    I wish you to preserve the papers I have, & probably shall send you, as they contain many things respecting the death & Grief for General Washington that ought not to be lost—

    I have this moment recieved yours of the 14th instant, inclosing Docr. [Aaron?] Porters account. [I] have not leisure now to write much—Tell Phillips I thank him for his, & shall answer it in a day or two—

    To morrow is the Grand Procession1—I hope the mode of mourning exhibeted this way, will generally be adopted through the eastern Country. You are now in mourning—if it does not conform exactly to what you are recommended by Mrs. [Abigail] Adams I think I would conform thereto—It is only to trim all your white with black—As you will see in the News-paper2

    Yours &c

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    ALS, TFP. Addressed to Biddeford; franked; postmarked.