United States 22d Feby 1797
To Wm Wilson, John Macpherson, Thos Strawbridge, Daniel Smith, and Charles Hall, Esquires.
I have received with much pleasure the address which you transmitted to me on behalf of a respectable meeting of the citizens of Northumberland County.
In retiring from public to private life, my highest gratification will be, to carry with me testimonies of the approbation of my conduct by my fellow citizens; & the unequivocal manner in which you have manifested this approbation, deserves my particular thanks. As my constant exertions have been intended for the advancement of the peace & prosperity of my country, nothing can deprive me of the consolation which the reflection affords of having served my country faithfully & to the best of my abilities.
I request you, gentlemen, to present to the Citizens of Northumberland my grateful acknowledgments for the favorable opinion they are pleased to entertain of me; & to assure them of my hearty reciprocation of the domestic ease & happiness which they wish me in my intended retirement.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.