To the Borough of Wilmington
Washington Mar. 14. 1801
I return you my thanks, & through you to the corporation of the borough of Wilmington, for your congratulations on my appointment to the first magistracy of the United States. as far as a disinterested and well intentioned conduct on my part may tend to produce a prosperous administration of our affairs, my fellow citizens may count on me with confidence. for all beyond this I shall have great need of their indulgence.
I pray you to accept yourselves and to tender on my behalf to the honourable corporation of which you are members, the assurances of my high consideration & respect.