Philadelphia Decr 28th 1781
The representatives of the United States in Congress assembled have been pleased in their resolves of the 29th of Oct. last to express the high sense they entertain of your Excellencys illustrious services in the cause of your country and particularly for the late August event in Virginia, and also to direct that some of the brilliant trophies obtained under your auspices should be presented to you as the most conspicuous monument of their respect and approbation.
It is a peculiar happiness that so great a gratification of my private feelings should be involved with my public duty in transmitting to your Excellency these truly noble proofs of the gratitude of America.
I have only to add that I hope the period is near when an honorable and lasting peace shall crown your Labors and that you may long live in the enjoyment of the richest feast of a virtuous mind, the conciousness of having contributed to the happiness of your country. I have the honor to be Dear General with perfect esteem your Excellencys most obedient servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.