George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Stephens, 21 September 1796

September 21. 1796.

Fellow citizens and Brothers of the Grand lodge of Georgia.

I have received your address with all the feelings of brotherly affection mingled with those sentiments for the Society which it was calculated to excite.

To have been in any degree an instrument in the hands of Providence to promote order and union and erect upon a solid foundation the true principles of government is only to have shared with many others in a labour the result of which let us hope will prove through all ages a sanctuary for brothers and a lodge for the virtues.

Permit me to reciprocate your prayers for my temporal happiness and to supplicate that we may all meet hereafter in that eternal Temple whose builder is the great architect of the Universe.

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