Winchester 12th Novr 1796
In Obedience to the requests of our fellow Citizens of Frederick County, contained in the enclosed resolutions, we beg leave to approach you with the sincerest affection, and for them and ourselves to express the extreme regret we feel, at the prospect of your retiring from that important Office which you have hitherto filled with so much honour to yourself, and so much to the interest of our common Country.
Indeed, Sir, it is impossible to review, the great lenght of time which you have devoted to the service of your Country, the very critical situations in which you have so often been placed, the Wisdom and firmness which you have always displayed, the high and important Offices you have filled and the still more important services, which in the discharge of the duties of those offices, you have rendered to your fellow Citizens, without being imprest with the most grateful and affectionate regard for your person, and without experiencing the depest concern that your Country can no longer avail herself of those talents and virtues which have been so often and so eminently serviceable to her.
Be pleased, Sir, to accept, of our most earnest and devout wishes for your future peace and happiness. May you experience, in that retirement which is your choice, every personal and domestic felicity which human nature is capable of enjoying.
May you long live to see that Country, which we believe you ardently love, happy in the complete fruition of Liberty and tranquillity. And May you finally be put into possession of that reward, which is prepared by the great Author of all good, for those who devote their lives to the happiness of thier fellow men. We have the honour to be, with sentiments of the greatest Esteem and regard Sir, yr Hbe Svts
Robt White jr
DLC: Papers of George Washington.