New Brunswick Decr 5th 1783
We are this day Informed that there was an Address presented to you by the Citizens of New Brunswick, we thought as Soldiers who had Served Durg the War under the Command of Your Excellency, and had not as Yet become Settled Citizens, Could Not Forbear to Congratulate Your Excellency On Your Arrival in this Place.
We Feel Ourselves Happy to think that After Your Excellency has Gone through the Fatigues of Such a Horrid War, and Sacrificed so Much time for the Good of Your Countrymen, has the Pleasure at Last to see Our Enemies Obliged to submit to Grant us our Wished for Independence, and Our Land Once More restored to Peace.
We Wish Your Excellency May have an Agreeable Journey to Your Native State and there rest Uninterrupted; and that the Almighty may be Your Guardian and Protection While here, and when He Pleases to Call you from Hence, that You may be Conducted into Everlasting Bliss. Signed On behalf of Our Fellow Soldiers
John Lyell Jnr
DLC: Papers of George Washington.