Philada 24th Decemr 1781.
I accept with singular pleasure the Ensign of so worthy a Fraternity as that of the Friendly sons of St Patrick in this City: a society distinguished for the firm adherence of its members to the glorious Cause in which we are embarked.
Give me leave to assure you, Sir, that I shall never cast my Eyes upon the Badge with which I am honored, but with a grateful remembrance of the polite and affectionate manner in which it was presented. I am with Respect and Esteem Sir Yr most obt Servt.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.