[dateline] October 20th, 1775
[salute] My dear Daughter
I condole with you, most sincerely, for the loss of your most worthy grandmamma. I
know you must be afflicted at this severe stroke. She was an excellent instructress
to you, and a bright example of every amiable virtue. Her piety and benevolence; her
charity; her prudence, patience, and wisdom, would have been, if it had pleased God
to spare her life, an admirable model for you to copy. But she is no more: however,
I hope you will remember a great deal of her advice and be careful to pursue it.
Now you have lost so valuable an ancestor, I hope you will be more attentive than
ever to the instructions and examples of your mamma and your aunts. They I know will
give you every assistance in forming your heart to goodness and your mind to useful
knowledge, as well as to those other accomplishments which are peculiarly necessary
and ornamental in your sex. My love to your brothers and all the rest of the family.