Columbia State of South Carolina December 21st 1796
In obedience to the orders of the Senate I transmit to you the inclosed resolutions unanimously adopted by them in a very full house. I feel a peculiar happiness in being the instrument of conveying sentiments of respect & esteem which in my opinion permeate not only the Senate but the people of this state. I have the honor to be with the greatest regard your most obedient humble servant
President of the Senate
of South Carolina
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
State of South Carolina In the Senate December 19th 1796.
The President of the United States, having announced to his fellow Citizens his determination to decline a re-election to the important Office of Chief Magistrate. This House cannot behold the event of his leaving the public service which has been long deprecated by his Country, without giving expression to its feelings. Therefore. Resolved, unanimously, That the great merits and disinterested services of George Washington, President of the United States, have inspired this House with the most lively feelings of affectionate attachment and gratitude towards him. That this House entertains the most exalted sense of his great and excellent character, established on the solid foundations of virtue, honor and talents, long employed in the service of his Country, and that it will ever cherish the memory of his worth with proud affection. That he carries with him into the retirement which he seeks, the ardent wishes of this House for a long and uninterrupted course of happiness.
Ordered. That the president of this House be requested to transmit to the President of the United States, this testimony of the public opinion and respect of his fellow Citizens.
By Order of the Senate
Felix Warley. C. S.