c. 28 December 1796
Fellow-citizens and Brothers,of the Grand lodge of Pennsylvania
I have received your address with all the feelings of brotherly affection, mingled with those sentiments, for the Society, which it was calculated to excite.
To have been, in any degree, an instrument in the hands of Providence, to promote order and union, and erect upon a solid foundation the true principles of government, is only to have shared with many others in a labour, the result of which let us hope, will prove through all ages, a sanctuary for brothers and a lodge for the virtues.
Permit me to reciprocate your prayers for my temporal happiness, and to supplicate that we may all meet thereafter in that eternal temple, whose builder is the great Architect of the Universe.