Washington County V. Nov. 15. 1796
It would be doing violence to my feelings, did I omit the present opportunity to express at least some sentiments of affection some effusions of gratitude for your many and important services to the United States in general, but more especially for the share of attention you have paid to the safety and prosperity of the Western Country, and that not by slight and temporary measures but by the most solid and useful regulations. Our Wives, our Children, and vast property now pass and repass in safety, as it were in full view of our late enemies. The hand that was used to raise the bloody Hatchet, now meets the wearied Traveller with greetings, and a supply of provisions. This is almost literally, the Wolf lying down with the Lamb, and none to do hurt in all my holy Mountains, saith the Lord of Hosts. The finishing hand to the great business of peace, with the Aborigines of the Country is now about to be made, by your calling a full Representation of the Tribes to meet at the seat of the general Government. There is now more than a hope that the peace will be permanent if a sacred regard to Treatys on our part can be maintained.
It came from the lips of the greatest Friend to Man—Blessed is the peace-Maker. May blessings of more value than can be given by temporal Things, be a solace in your old Age, and your sure and great reward in the World to come. your Affectionate fellow Citizen And devouted humble servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.