Prospect Point near Elizabeth Town 8th Octr 1796
on reading Your resignation, & Affectionate Paternal Address! tho A Stranger to your Person, and in private life, I feel Such a glow of Affectionate gratitude to you, for the Signal blessings we as a Nation enjoy, Owing Under God, to your Wise, Virtuous, and firm Administration, as Our Executive Officer, that I beg you Sir to recieve My most Unfeigned and hearty Thanks, as an individual Citizen, Amongst the Millions of My Brethren who feel the Same emotions for you. May we Adore that God, who hath Signalized America, with a Son possesing Characters so near his Own; as have never been Exhibited to the World before, in a mere Man. May the richest of Heavens blessings rest on you while here, And when translated receive as Distinguished a Crown of Glory, prepared of God for you, is the Sincere Desire of Sire Your Friend & Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.