To the Newport, Rhode Island, Artillery Company
[Philadelphia, c.18 March 1794]
For your kind congratulations on the anniversary of my birth day, and the other obliging expressions of your address, I pray you to accept my grateful thanks.1
To cherish those principles which effected the Revolution, and laid the foundation of our free and happy Government, does honor to your patriotizm; as do the sentiments of comiseration for the sufferings of the unfortunate, and the good wishes for the happiness of the great family of mankind, to your philanthropy.
Your prayer for me, is reciprocated by the best vows I can offer for your welfare.
ALS, RiNA; LB, DLC:GW.
1. This letter is a reply to the address of the Newport, R.I., artillery company to GW of 22 February.