From the Citizens of Haverhill, Mass.
Haverhill Novr 1st 1789
The Inhabitants of the Town of Haverhill address their most sincere Respects to the President of the United States & assure him, that they should esteem themselves highly honoured in his passing thro’ this Town in his Route to New York and of giving them an Opportunity of testifying to him the Respect due to so distinguished a Character.
For background to GW’s tour of the eastern states, see his letter to Betty Lewis, 12 Oct. 1789, n.3.
GW and his party arrived in Haverhill on Wednesday, 4 Nov., about two-thirty in the afternoon and spent the night at Harrod’s Tavern. During the day GW visited the Sailcloth Manufactory at Haverhill. “The Inhabitts. of this small Village were well disposed to welcome me to it by every demonstration which could evince their joy” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 5:491–92).