From Edmund Pendleton
Caroline [County] March 13 1797
However as a citizen I may depricate the consequences of your retirement from the helm of our political barque in the present lowering season, yet as your friend I sincerely congratulate you on having eased your body and mind of that heavy and anxious weight, & returned to a tranquil private life with both in full vigor enabling you to enjoy the sweets of domestic ease and social converse, exempt from the apathy usually produced by old age and mental decay. Long, long may you continue to enjoy, without allay this state of domestic and social pleasure, & be always happy.
This being intended as my annual tribute to friendship,1 I have only to add that the prospect of our growing, or rather should-be growing, Crops of wheat is very unfavourable [.] I am with sentiments of the most perfect esteem and friendship, Dr Sir your affecte & most Obt Servant
Sprague transcript, DLC:GW. David Mays has identified a draft of this letter in Pendleton’s hand in the Massachusetts Historical Society and has printed a transcription of it (Mays, Letters and Papers of Pendleton, description begins David John Mays, ed. The Letters and Papers of Edmund Pendleton, 1734–1803. 2 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1967. description ends 2:635).
Edmund Pendleton (1721–1803), who had been president of the Virginia supreme court of appeals since 1779, on 11 April 1797 signed as “Senior Citizen present” the published letter from freeholders of Caroline County to their representative in Congress, Anthony New, calling for a reconciliation with France (ibid., 635–37). No reply by GW to Pendleton’s letter has been found.
1. Similar such letters from Pendleton to GW, dated 11 Sept. 1793 and 30 Dec. 1794, are in DLC:GW.