c.3 March 1797
Not to acknowledge with gratitude & sensibility the affectionate addresses and benevolent wishes of my fellow Citizens on my retiring from public life, would prove that I have been unworthy of the Confidence which they have been pleased to repose in me.
And, among these public testimonies of attachment and approbation, none can be more grateful than that of so respectable a body as your’s.
Beleiving, as I do, that Religion & Morality are the essential pillars of Civic society, I view, with unspeakable pleasure, that harmony & Brotherly love which characterizes the Clergy of different denominations—as well in this, as in other parts of the United States: exhibiting to the world a new & interesting spectacle, at once the pride of our Country and the surest basis of universal Harmony.
That your Labours for the good of Mankind may be crown’d with success—that your
temporal enjoyments may be commensurate with your merits—and that the future reward of good
& faithful Servants may be your’s, I shall not cease to supplicate the Divine Author of
life & felicity.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.