To the Citizens of Augusta, Georgia
[Augusta, Ga., c.19 May 1791]
I receive your congratulations on my arrival in Augusta with great pleasure—I am much obliged by your assurances of regard, and thank you, with unfeigned sincerity, for the favorable sentiments you are pleased to express towards me.1
Entreating you to be persuaded of my gratitude, I desire to assure you that it will afford me the most sensible satisfaction to learn the progression of your prosperity—My best wishes for your happiness collectively and individually are sincerely offered.
1. GW left Savannah on 15 May 1791 and arrived at Augusta, Ga., three days later. For his reception at the state capital, see Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:141, and Henderson, Washington’s Southern Tour, description begins Archibald Henderson. Washington’s Southern Tour, 1791. Boston and New York, 1923. description ends 234–37. The next day, 19 May, GW noted: “Received & answered an Address from the Citizens of Augusta; dined with a large Company of them at their Court Ho.; and went to an Assembly in the evening at the Acadamy” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:141–42). The address, signed “In the name of all the Citizens” by George Walton, John Meals, Thomas Cumming, Peter Johnston Carnes, and Seaborn Jones, reads: “Sir, Your journey to the Southward being extended to the Frontier of the Union, affords a fresh proof of your indefatigable zeal in the service of your Country, and an equal attention and regard to all the people of the United States. With these impressions, the Citizens of Augusta present their congratulations upon Your arrival here in health; with the assurance, that it will be their greatest pleasure, during your stay with them, to testify the Sincere affection they have for your Person, their sense of obligations for your merits and services, and their entire confidence in you as the Chief Magistrate of their Country. On Your return, and at all times, their best wishes will accompany you, while they retain the hope that a life of virtue, benevolence and Patriotism may be long preserved, for the benefit of the Age, and the Example of Posterity” (DLC:GW).