29 November 1781
I consider this very polite address of the Supreme Executive Council, as a fresh mark of that attention which I have ever experienced from them.
My Services I consider as my Country’s due—and when they meet the approbation of my fellow citizens, I shall ever esteem myself happy in so agreeable a reward.
The late success of the American Arms at York Town in Virginia so vigorously aided by the noble exertions of our generous Ally, if properly improved, will, I doubt not, be attended with the happiest Consequences.
I most sincerely thank you Sir for your kind wishes for my personal prosperity—and beg you to be assured, that a full establishment of Peace, Liberty and Independence to this, and the other United States of America, is the most ardent wish of Sir Yr Most Obedt and very Hble Servt