Yale College April 26th 1781.
As a Testimony of their most affectionate Respect, the President and Fellows of this University have this day unanimously conferred upon your Excellency the Degree of the Doctorate in Laws; of which I am now in their Name to ask your Acceptance. We cannot add to the Accumulation of Glory which shines around the Name of Washington, and which none but himself thinks unmerited. But we are ambitious of the Honor of enrolling his Name in our Registers and Archives, among those, whose Literary Merit entitles them to the highest academical Dignities. The diploma cannot be prepared and authenticated till the next meeting of the Senatus Academicus, when it will be duly transmitted to you. With the highest Respect for the Patriot, the Warrior, and the Civilian, I have the honor to be your Excellency’s most obedient Very humble Servant
Ezra Stiles President
DLC: Papers of George Washington.