George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Blachley Webb, 26 June 1783

West Point 26th June 1783.

The hour of quiting the Toils of war and returning to the domestic walk among my fellow citizens has at length arrived, I have with care avoided the very painfull sensations which must have been excited in my breast by taking a formal leave of your Excellency, I cannot however, retire without rendering to your Excellency my most greatful thanks for your friendship and patronage during the war, particularly that period in which I had the honor of being numbered one of your family.

By the promotion your Excellency has been pleased to honor me with, I have reason to flatter myself, my conduct while in your family was acceptable, A certificate from your Excellency of haveing been one of your Aids may hereafter be of service to Me, Permit me to request it, and to assure your Excellency that I fervently pray the Supreme Governor of the World, may make you and your Amiable Lady as happy in domestic life, as you have been glorious and successfull in a public one. With perfect esteem and unfeigned Affection, I bid Adieu and am your Excellency’s Most Obedient Most Hume Servt

Saml B. Webb

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