George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James Irvine, 12 December 1783

Philadelpa 12th Decr 1783


The honorable manner in which you are pleased to notice my return to this City, is particularly acceptable to me.

It would have been a proof of the want of Patriotism and every social Virtue, not to have assumed the character of a Soldier when the exigency of the Public demanded, or not to have returned to the Class of Citizens when the necessity of farther Service ceased to exist—I can therefore claim no merit beyond that of having done my duty with fidelity.

While the various Scenes of the War, in which I have experienced the timely aid of the Militia of Philadelphia, recur to my mind; my ardent prayer ascends to Heaven that they may long enjoy the blessings of that Peace which has been obtained by the divine benediction on our common exertions.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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