George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Rutherford, 3 November 1796

Berkeley County Virginia November 3d 1796

Dear Sir

Inclosed, please receive some addresses dictated by genuine respect, from the people of Frederick and Berkeley County’s, Many more are filling up, and will be sent forward with all Convenient Speed. Various were the Opinions,. about the mode of address. the greater part of the people, were desirous, to evince their sincerity, by subscribing. other modes have and may be adopted, but all unite, in the most unfeigned Esteem. May you with good Lady, enjoy each temporal blessing. I have the honr to subscribe with every sentiment of respect and regard Sir Your Most Humble Servant

R. Rutherford

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Frederick County, Septr 30, 1796.

We, the subscribers, inhabitants of Frederick County, in the State of Virginia, having seen, with concern, your paternal address of the 17th instant, to the people of the United States, beg leave to return you our unfeigned thanks for this generous attention—& to express the warmest respect for your public and private character. We are persuaded, Sir, that the approbation of your Fellow-Citizens is, to a mind like yours, the highest possible reward—whilst it remains with us, the only means by which we are enabled to testify our respect for your faithful, arduous, and very important services, more than forty-five years; and though we sincerely regret the resolution you have taken, to terminate labours so long sustained, in a variety of Characters—yet, be persuaded, Sir, that you carry with you into the shades of retirement, the esteem and the affections of every good man and real lover of this our common country.

The various and greatly important matters you so wisely and feelingly recommend to the consideration of your Fellow-Citizens, please to be assured, has made deep impressions on our minds. The inhabitants of this county, while it was much more extensive than at present, have, in a very particular manner, been witnesses of the reverence with which you regarded the civil authority, when you supported a high military character under the regal Government, and at a time of Life, when ideas not so enlarged and truly benevolent are often predominant with those in office. Posterity, we are sensible, will regard with the most lively and grateful sensibility, sentiments dictated by purest patriotism, and anxious solicitude for the happiness and prosperity of our country.

[In] that retirement to which you are determined to return, may you enjoy every temporal blessing, and may the eve of your life be crowned with that felicity which is the reward of the just and virtuous, whilst we shall ever continue to be, with great regard, Sir, your affectionate humble servants,

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