George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the Citizens of Prince William Parish, South Carolina, 11 May 1791

To the Citizens of Prince William Parish, South Carolina

[Prince William Parish, S.C., c.11 May 1791]


My best thanks for your cordial welcome and affectionate address are not more justly due than sincerely offered.1

I am much indebted to your good wishes, which I reciprocate with grateful regard.

G. Washington.


1GW and his party on 10 May lodged at O’Brian Smith’s plantation in St. Bartholomew’s Parish and the next afternoon reached Pocotaligo, S.C., “where a dinner was provided by the Parishoners of Prince William for my reception; and an Address from them was presented and answered” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:134). The address, signed by John McPherson, Felix Warley, James Maine, John A. Cuthbert, and John and William Heyward, reads: “Permit us Great Sir to Welcome you most cordially into this Parish in your progress thro’ the State. We are sensibly affected with the Honour you do us, by this kind condescending Visit—And cannot but embrace the Opportunity of declaring that our Hearts are Penetrated with the Warmest Sense of our Obligations to you, Who under God have been the deliverer of the Country and its eminent Benefactor in War & in Peace—May you continue to Enjoy the Exquisite satisfaction that Arises from the Veneration and gratitude of a great People that has been signally benefitted by you as an Anticipation of your heavenly Reward” (DLC:GW).

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