Mount Vernon 12th Oct. 1796
I give you the trouble of communicating the Answer (herewith sent) to the Address from the Inhabitants of Shepherds Town and its vicinity. I pray you, at the same time, to accept my thanks for the obliging, and (for me) flattering manner, in which you have expressed their Sentiments. With esteem & regard I am Gentlemen Your obedient Servt
United States 12th Oct. 1796
With great sensibility I receive your polite and affectionate Address of the 6th instant.
That Beneficent Providence which, hitherto, has preserved us in Peace, & increased our prosperity, will not, I trust, withdraw its protecting hand; while we, on our part, endeavor to merit a continuance of its favors.
Equally persuaded am I, that no inconvenience will result from my retreat to the walks of private life. The good sense of my Countrymen will always discern and can never be at a loss to choose, a fit character to Administer the Executive Government of these United States.
If it has been my good fortune, through the course of my Civil and Military employments, to have met the approbation of my Countrymen, my wishes will be consummated; and I shall have found the only reward I ever had in view.
For the favorable sentiments you have expressed for me, and for your kind wishes, I sincerely thank you; and reciprocate with great cordiality my vows for your welfare.