--Dr. L. A. Woodson
, of the Confederate
service, has placed upon our table the subjoined letter from Washington
in his own handwriting.
It was found in an old house which was lately pulled down on the outskirts of the city, with several others, evidently autographic, but so mutilated and defaced as to be almost illegible.
The present letter is addressed to Rev. Mason Weems
, afterwards the biographer of Washington
, and was no doubt an acknowledgment of the receipt of one of the many pamphlets on moral and religious subjects written by that most industrious author.
The letter can be seen at this office:
I have been duly favored with your letter of the 20th instant, accompanied by 'The Philanthropist.'
"I pray you to receive my sincere thanks.
Much indeed is it to be wished that the sentiments contained in the pamphlet, and the doctrine it endeavors to inculcate, were more prevalent.
Happy would it be for this country at least if they were so. But while the passions of mankind are under so little restraint as they are among us, and while there are so many motives and views to bring them into action, we may wish for, but will never see, the accomplishment of it. With respect,