Albany 28th June 1782.
The auspicious Visit of the Illustrious Commander in Chief fills the thankfull hearts of the patriotic Inhabitants of this City with extraordinary Joy; Whilst it indicates in the most pleasing manner your Excellency’s famous and Justly celebrated attention to all even the remotest corners of your Extensive Command, and your friendly Intentions to faithfull Citizens, who have been in former days, and Dangers and are stil so Remarkably preserved, under the benign influences of a Gracious Providence, by your prosperous Direction of our Victorious Arms, from threatned and impending Ruin [&] We the Minister Elders & Deacons of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in this City, beg leave to Address your Excellency on this Joyfull occassion: Deeply impressed with Sentiments of Sincere Gratitude and respect for your exalted Merits, and Justly Dignified Character; uniting our humble and earnest prayers to the God of all mercies and Grace, that He will be pleased Further to honor and Crown your Excellency with the Choicest of his Blessings; and to prosper your Generous, Distinguished, and Disinterested attempts to restore And Establish to this injured and oppressed Land of your Nativity, that prosperity, and happiness which the Supreame possessor and Ruler of the Universe shall Judge most Subservient and conducive to the high purposes of his own Glory, and the perpetual happiness of the free and Independent United States Of America.
May your Excellencies precious Health and Inestemable Life, be graecously preserved and Prolonged, and your Excellency ere long enjoy the happy oera, when your unremitted zeal for the Common prosperity of this bleeding Country shall be Crowned with never fading Laurels of Triumphant and Glorious peace.
By order of the Consistory
V.D: i[b]. Minister
DLC: Papers of George Washington.