Elizth Town April 25th 1783
I have the honor to acknowledge the reciept of your Excellencys letter enclosing the certificate. Altho I failed in the executions of certain plans proposed by myself; yet I am happy to find a generosity in your Excellency that in some measure compensates, for my misfortune & mortification, in not succeeding; had the matter depended on my own exertions only, I trust your Excellency would not have been disappointed.
The very honorable testimony your Excellency has given me, I esteem the most valuable acquisition of my life. I thank your Excellency for the private advice contained in the Letter; I shall certainly adopt it & hope to conduct myself so as to deserve your Excellency[s] further approbation. I have the honor to be with the utmost esteem & respect your Excellencys obliged, very humble servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.