Wmsburg Decr 15th 1781.
Your Excellency’s short continuance in Williamsburg, on your return from York, prevented the Citizens of Williamsburg from the pleasure of presenting to your Excellency an Address which had been prepared for that purpose.
On behalf, and at the request of the Citizens I have the Honor of forwarding the address; and am your Excellency’s most obt & hbe St
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
c. November 1781
May it please your Excellency:
We the Mayor Recorder Aldermen and Common Council of the City of Williamsburg, embrace with the greatest satisfaction this first oppertunity which the cares of your important Station have afforded us of congratulating you on your return to your native Country, and on the Glorious and decisive advantages which by the assistance of our great and generous Allies have accompanied that event.
Restored again to the enjoyment of the Rights of free Citizens our first public Act is to express the sentiments of gratitude and veneration which we feel for our deliverer, and the high esteem which in common with the other virtuous Citizens of America, we entertain of your Excellency’s Character.
We trust that Providence will continue to crown with success your virtuous efforts in the cause of your Country, and protect amidst all the dangers of the Field a life so essential to the happiness of a great part of Mankind.