United States Novr 24. 1796.
The approbation of my public conduct which you have been so good as to express in behalf of the People of your Country, has not failed to excite the most agreeable sensations, and you have made it the dearer, by the terms of personal affection with which it is accompanied.
At all times it has been my endeavour to discern & promote the welfare of our Country to the utmost of my abilities; and if in critical situations events have been finally propitious, the success is to be attributed to the unceasing support of my fellow Citizens, who have known how to maintain a Government made by & for themselves.
In the retirement so much desired, when I shall once more return to the occupations of private life, it will be a never failing source of happiness to recollect, the various instances in which my honest exertions to discharge the duties of public Office have been more than rewarded by the benevolence of my fellow Citizens.
To you Gentlemen, and the people of Frederick County, I most gratefully acknowledge this evidence of attachment: and long, under the blessings of a benign Providence, may we all live to see our common Country, which we equally love, happy in the enjoyment of its present tranquility liberty and independence.