Philidelphia Decr 10th 1796
We do ourselves the honor to enclose to you the copy of an Address passed by the unanimous voice of the Council and General Assembly of the State of Vermont, together with their Resolution relative thereto—We wish to be informed at what time and place you will be pleased to receive the same—We are with sentiments of Respect your Obt and very Humle Serts
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
27 October 1796
From the unrecognized situation of this state, the Legislature had not an opportunity, in common with her sister states, to anticipate, by an address, the blessings which were expected from your administration. Permit us, now, with sincere satisfaction, to assure you, that the event has justified the most sanguine hopes of the Legislature of Vermont, and their constituents. When we contrast the gloomy aspect, both of our domestic and foreign affairs, a few years since, with the flattering prospects now before us, we at once appreciate the advantages which immediately result from our general government; and the Justice, magnanimity and moderation, which has marked your administration. Convinced of our true interest, you have successfully opposed faction, and maintained that neutrality, so necessary to our national honor and peace. Accept, Sir, the only acknowledgment in our power to make, or in yours to receive, the gratitude of a free People. Ardently as we wish your continuance in public office, yet, when we reflect on the years of anxiety you have spent in your country’s service, we must reluctantly acquiesce in your wishes, and consent that you should pass the evening of your days, in reviewing a well-spent life; and, looking forward, to scenes beyond the grave, where our prayers shall ascend, for a complete reward, for all your services, in a happy immortality.
We receive your address to your fellow citizens, as expressive of the highest zeal for their prosperity, and containing the best advice to ensure its continuance. We cannot, Sir, close this address (probably the last public communication we may have occasion to make to you) without assuring you of our affection and respect. May the shade of private life, be as grateful to you, as the splendor of your public life, has been useful to your country! We shall recollect you with filial affection—your advice as an inestimable legacy; and shall pride ourselves, in teaching our children the importance of that advice and a humble imitation of your example.
State of Vermont.
In General Assembly October 25th 1796
Resolved unanimously, that the Governor and Council, be requested to concur in the foregoing Address to The President of the United States; And that the same be presented to the President, by the Senators in Congress from this State.
Extract from the Journals
Mr Richd Whitney Clerk
In Council, October 27th 1796
Read, and unanimously concurred
Attest. Truman Squier, Secretary.