Mount Vernon 14th Oct. 1796
Through you I beg leave to transmit the enclosed answer to the Address which came under your cover to me yesterday.
As the printed copy announc[es] it to be from "the Inhabitants of Berkeley County" without noticing, particularly, the Officers of Militia. I was at a loss in what manner to make my response; for if the printed part only should be published, it would be difficult to account for my introducing them in the answer—and if the writing at the foot of the Address should appear the omission of them would be as hard to account for—I have therefore, sent two draughts; One to suit each case. The other to be destroyed. With great esteem & regard I am Dear Sir Your Obedt Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
United States 14th October 1796
With a grateful heart I received your friendly and affectionate Address, of the 30th Ultimo.
No Satisfaction in my retirement can exceed that, of meeting the esteem and affection of good men and lovers of our Country, in return for my endeavours to serve it.
The approbation of my fellow-Citizens, is the only reward I ever sought, for any services I could render. Next to the continued prosperity, & happiness of these United States, it would be the highest gratification my mind is susceptible of; and if I have obtained yours, it will be a source of pleasing reflection while I remain among you.
For the benevolent Sentiments you have been pleased to express for me, I offer you my sincere thanks; and pray you to accept my best wishes for your welfare.