26 August 1783
Congress feel a particular pleasure in seeing your Excellency, and in congratulating you on the success of a War in which you have acted so conspicuous a part.
It has been the singular happiness of the United States, that during a War so long, so dangerous and so important, Providence has been graciously pleased to preserve the life of a General, who has merited and possesses the uninterrupted confidence and Affection of his Fellow Citizens.
In other Nations, many have performed eminent services for which they have deserved and received the thanks of the Public. But to you Sir, peculiar praise is due. Your services have been essential in acquiring and establishing the freedom and Independence of your Country. They deserve the grateful acknowledgments of a free and Independent Nation. Those acknowlegments Congress have the satisfaction of expressing to your Excellency.
Hostilities have now ceased; but your Country still needs your services. She wishes to avail herself of your talents in forming the Arrangements which will be necessary for her security in the time of peace. For this reason your attendance at Congress has been requested. A Committee is appointed to confer with your Excellency and to receive your assistance in preparing and digesting plans relative to that important object.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.