South kingston February 21st 1783.
I take the Liberty of inclosing to your Excellency a short Oration, delivered upon an Occasion that has ever been deemed sacred to the Influence of all the social Virtues. I persuade myself therefore, your Excellency will not be displeased at finding the Name of Washington in the Dedication. By an Error of the Press the last Leaf is deranged, but it is not in my Power to furnish a better Copy, this being the only one now in my Possession. I have the Honor of being With the most Veneration and Respect Your Excellency’s most obedient and very humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.