George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Charleston Officials, 9 May 1791

To Charleston Officials

[Charleston, S.C., 9 May 1791]


I beg you will accept and offer my best thanks to the corporation and the citizens of Charleston, for their very polite attention to me.

Should it ever be in my power, be assured, it will give me pleasure to visit again this very respectable city.1

City Gazette, or the Daily Advertiser [Charleston, S.C.], 14 May 1791.

1GW’s party left Charleston at 6:00 A.M. on 9 May 1791 accompanied to the Ashley River by Gov. Charles Pinckney, U.S. senators Ralph Izard and Pierce Butler, members of the Society of the Cincinnati, and local militia officers. Charleston intendant Arnoldus Vanderhorst addressed the president at the city limits at Boundary Street: “Sir, The Intendant and Wardens, in behalf of themselves and their constituents, beg leave to offer you their unfeigned thanks for the visit with which you have honored this city; and they are hopeful it will not be the last. They sincerely wish you a pleasant tour and happy return to your mansion: and may health, that greatest of all temporal blessings, attend you” (City Gazette, or the Daily Advertiser [Charleston, S.C.], 14 May 1791. For GW’s trip from Charleston to Savannah, see Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:133–34.

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