c.1 August 1783
I receive with the greatest pleasure your congratulations on the happy conclusion of a Peace—an Event which, as it establishes the liberties and independence of America must be pleasing to all, but particularly so to the worthy Inhabitants of this County who have had so large a portion of the Calamities of War.
In the course of my tour thro a small part of this County, I have had an opportunity of observing more particularly the severe distress that has fallen on the Inhabitants by the cruel devastations of the Enemy—the patience and fortitude with which they have borne these distresses, and their very spirited conduct throughout the whole of the War have done them the highest honor, and will give the Inhabitants of Tryon Co. a distinguished place in the History of this revolution.
Accept Gentlemen my thanks—for your kind wishes for my welfare be assured it will be my earnest prayer that by the blessing of Providence on the fine Country you possess, you may soon be enabled to recover your former ease—and to enjoy that happiness you have so well deserved. I am &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.