1st August 1783.
To His Excellency George Washington Esqr General and Commander in Chief of all the Forces of the United States.
The Address of the Magistrates and Supervisors of the County of Tryon in behalf of themselves and the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the said County.
While we congratulate your Excellency on the conclusion of a Peace favourable to the United States we request you to accept of our most grateful Acknowledgements for the very eminent and important Services your Excellency hath rendered to this Country during a long and doubtful Contest.
We would do injustice to our Feelings did we not declare that (under God) the Establishment of the Independence of America is owing to your Excellency’s disinterested Services and great Exertions.
This extensive Frontier having been a continual Object of destruction to the Enemy for a Series of Years your Excellency hath had an Opportunity to see how far it was accomplished but we have the unspeakable Satisfaction to assure your Excellency that we have encountered Poverty and Distress with Patience and a perfect conviction of the Justice of our Cause and a Moral confidence that America would be successful and rise superior to all her Difficulties.
May the same Providence who hath so long and wonderfully preserved your Excellency’s Person in the midst of innumerable Dangers still continue to afford your Excellency his kind Protection And that you may be Blessed with Health long Life & Prosperity is the unfeigned wish & Prayer of your Excellency’s Most Obedient and very Humble Servant By Order of the Magistrates and Supervisors
Chrisr P. Yates Clerk
DLC: Papers of George Washington.