George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the Citizens of Columbia and Granby, South Carolina, 25 May 1791

To the Citizens of Columbia and Granby, South Carolina

[Columbia, S.C., c.25 May 1791]


I am much obliged by your professions of respect and affection, and I am truly grateful for your kind regards and good wishes. Replying to them with sincere acknowledgement, I desire to assure you that I shall always remember with pleasure your polite attentions.1

G. Washington.


1GW arrived late on 22 May 1791 at Columbia, S.C., and was forced to remain there until 4:00 A.M. on 25 May because of a foundered horse (see Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:145–47). Before dawn on 25 May, GW was presented with an address signed by state legislator and city commissioner Alexander Gillon (1741–1794): “The Citizens of Columbia, Granby, & the Vicinity; offer their professions of respect, & affection for your attentive Visit. Could the expression of our Sentiments add Lustre to the justly merited Eulogy of an admiring World, we would account with pleasing recollection, the Eventfull Scenes of Glory, in which you have borne so Conspicuous a part: But, as no Idea of Gratitude or praise, can transcend your Merit, so has no term of approbation been omitted to Express it. It is then but left for us, to declare, that our Hearts chearfully adopt those Plaudits of Praise, which have resounded, from every quarter of our Gratefull Continent. And since the Duties of your important Station, call you from us, Go, America’s best Friend: leaving us to implore our Eternal Guardian, to bestow on you, Every Felicity he admits on Earth. And that when it shall please him to summon you from us, that he Enfold you as that, which, in Perfection, nearest approached these, selected to Waft you to his Caelestial Abode” (DLC:GW).

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