Head Quarters 25th April 1783
I have been very agreeably favored with your Letter of the 25th of febry dated from Germany.
The part your States have taken in the Causes of the United States of America, has inspired the Sons of the Latter, with the happiest presages of a most beneficial Connection between the two Republics—Sister Republics—whose similarity of Constitution’s, Interests & Religion bid fair to bind them together by the most lasting Ties—The Idea gives me peculiar Satisfaction—And it is the Wish of my Heart, that the Union now commencing, may be as durable as it is pleasing—nay—that, grounded in reciprocal Interest & Affection, it may be perpetual as Time.
The distinguished part you have taken in the great Events of the present Age, and your Affection for the Interests of Happiness of our rising Nation, will endear your Character with the Sons of American Freedom, among whom you have long been spoken of with Terms of particular Veneration & Respect.
For the Return of those worthy Characters the Baron Vander Capellon & Pensionary Van Berkel to the Affection of their Countrymen, and their former Station & Usefulness in your Republic, I most sincerely rejoice and beg leave, with great sincerity, to participate in your Joy on that happy Event—which is a Subject of my warmest Congratulations to you.
If in any period of my Life, I can ever be serviceable by myself or Friends, to the particular Interest of yourself or Family, you may be assured the Occasion will give me the highest satisfaction—and will be esteemed among the most fortunate Circumstances that shall ever attend [me].
DLC: Papers of George Washington.