New Brunswick 6 December 1783
Amidst the General Acclamations of Joy on the Glorious termination of the [ ] War, the Citizens of New Brunswick beg Leave to Approach Your Excellency with their tribute of thanks for your eminent Services, for your heroic, perseverance and Judicious Conduct displayed in every Stage of the hazardous Conflict.
It is not our design to enter into a detail of the Virtues which constitute Your Excellency’s Character; It is viewed with Admiration by the present, and must be held in Grateful, remembrance by future Ages, to say more would be to detract.
While we Anticipate the happiness that will Arise from the Labours of your Excellency in the Establishment of a great and Important Empire, Our Hearts expand with Gratitude. and are filled with every Sentiment of Esteem and Affection for Your Person.
We take leave Sir on this Occasion to express our Obligations to those worthy and deserving Men Who under your direction have toiled in the Arduous task.
We Confidently hope that this liberated Country will Make it the first Object of their Attention to render them full and Complete Compensation; And to affect this, so far as our Influence and Example can Operate, We pledge ourselves in the most solemn manner.
At first view it hurts us to reflect that probably this is the last time, we shall have the Honor of your Excellency’s presence; But when we Consider that leaving us in the full possession of liberty and Independence, Your Excellency is returning to your Native State, to enjoy the felicity of Domestick Life, which you have so long and so Generously sacrificed, We congratulate you on the happy Event.
Accept Sir of our Sincere Wishes for your Welfare, and be Assured that it is the Earnest Prayer of the Citizens of New Brunswick that You may have an Agreeable Journey, that you May long possess the Blessings of Health and enjoy uninterrupted the Fruits of Your Virtuous Labours, that when you shall have finished your days, you may depart with that composure of mind which distinguishes the truly Good Man, and enter into Pleasures ineffable and lasting as Eternity itself. By order of the Meeting
DLC: Papers of George Washington.