Albany 27th June 1782.
We the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of Albany, beg Leave to congratulate your Excellency on your Arrival in this City.
Language is insufficient to convey our Ideas of the high Sense we entertain of your Abilities and Virtues.
Your great and distinguished Services, have justly entitled you to the Praise, the Love, and the Thanks of your Country, and Posterity will have Reason to bless you—May Victory and Glory always attend you in the Field—May Heaven prolong your Days, and bestow on you, its choicest Blessings in this Life; and a Crown of Glory in the World to come. In Testimony of the grateful Sense this Board entertains of your exalted Merits, permit us to present your Excellency with the Freedom of this City.
Abm Ten Broeck Mayor
DLC: Papers of George Washington.