Philada June 10th 1796
You inform me that you have it in contemplation to leave the United States for a time, if not forever; and request from me "such a testimonial of your character & conduct as justice may entitle you to."
I know, sir, and with pleasure bear testimony to your patriotism, & to your bravery in action in the defence of the rights & liberties of your Country. In the offices you have held, military & civil, I believe you have manifested that fortitude, prudence & integrity, which entitle you to the praise of having deserved well of your Country. In whatever place you shall choose your future residence, accept my good wishes for your prosperity & happiness.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.