Albany 28th June 1782
I am extreamly happy in this opportunity of blending my public duty with my private satisfaction, by paying a due attention to the Frontiers & advanced Posts of this State, and at the same time visiting this antient & respectable City of Albany.
While I consider the approbation of the Wise & the Virtuous as the highest possible reward for my services, I beg you will be assured, Gentlemen, that I now experience the most sensible pleasure from the favorable sentiments you are pleased to express of my Conduct.
Your benevolent wishes & fervent prayers for my personal wellfare & felicity, demand all my gratitude. May the preservation of your civil & religious Liberties still be the care of an indulgent Providence; and may the rapid increase & universal extension of knowledge virtue & true Religion be the consequence of a speedy & honorable Peace. I am Gentlemen, with [ ].
DLC: Papers of George Washington.