George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Darke, 3 October 1796

3 Octor 1796

Dear Sir

Inclosed I Send you the address of all the Militia Officers of Berkeley County being about 130 in number. and have the Honor to be your Obt hume Servt

Wm Darke


DLC: Papers of George Washington.

Enclosure

Berkeley County Virga Sept. 30. 1796

To the President of the United States.

We the Inhabitants of Charles Town Berkeley County & its Vicinity, having seen your Paternal address to the People of the United States of the 17th Inst. beg leave to approach you on this Occation, with every Sentimt of Respect, both for your Publick, and private character; We are perswaided Sir, that the Approbation of your fellow Citizens must be to a mind like yours, the highest possable Reward—whilst it remains with us as the only means by which we are enabled to testify our respect and gratitude, for your faithful, Arduous & important services during a Period of more than forty five years, and tho we sincearly regrett the resolution you have taken to terminate the career of your publick Life, yet be perswaided Sir, that the Appritation of your fellow Citizens must be to a mind like yours the highest possable Reward—whilst it remains with us as the only means by which we are enabled to testify our respect and gratitude, for your faithful, Arduous & important services during a Period of more than forty five years, and tho we sincearly regrett the resolution you have taken to terminate the career of your publick Life, yet be perswaided Sir that you carry with you into the shade of retirement, the affectionate esteem of every good man and real lover of His Country.

The Various and important matters recommended by you, to the consideration of your fellow Citizens, be ashured Sir, has made the deepest impressions on our minds, Posterity too, we are perswaided will regard with the most lively and grateful Sensibility, Sentiments dictated by the purest Patriotism and most Anxious Solicitude for the Hapiness and prosperity of our common Country.

In that retirement (to which it is now your fixed determination to return) May you be happy, may every blessing attend you, and may the Evening of your Life be crowned with that felicity, which is ever the Reward of the Just, the good, and the Virtuous, Whist we shall ever continue to be with the most affectionate Regard, Yours &c. &c. &c.

Jacob Krosin

Corlius Krosin

Peter Wykoff


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