9 December 1783
I am duly affected by the wellcome reception I have met with on my return to this City; & with unusual pleasure accept your obliging congratulation.
But I feel myself particularly indebted to you Gentlemen, for that delicate sensibility, which hath spared my feelings, and by suppressing your sentiments of my conduct, placed it in but too fair a point of light.
It is from a heart overflowing with gratitude for your past assistance & present politeness, that I reciprocate all your benevolent wishes.
While my farewell blessing thus attends you, permit me to give this last public testimony of the great respect & esteem with which I have the honor to be Gentlemen Your Most Obedt Hbl. Servt.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.