24th January. 1797.
I acknowledge the receipt of your obliging favour of the 20th of the last month, covering the Resolutions of the House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina of the preceeding day.
The sense the House have been pleased to express of my public services, the declaration of their affectionate attachment, and their kind wishes for my happiness, are for those services the most grateful reward.
While I enjoy the personal satisfaction which the general sentiment of approbation expressed by my country cannot fail to produce, I derive from it, as a citizen of the United States, the greatest pleasure; as it authorises the conclusion that the important measures of their Government have been calculated to promote their true and permanent interests, which are inseperately connected with rectitude of principle and impartial justice to other Nations.
You will have the goodness to communicate to the House of Representatives these sentiments, with my sincere acknowledgments for the marks of attention with which they have honoured me. Your individual and affectionate solicitude for my happiness is entitled to my cordial thanks.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.