13 December 1783
The Trustees and Faculty of the University of the State of Pennsylvania view with peculiar joy the conclusion of the war, and congratulate your Excellency on the establishment of Peace.
When they consider how many important interests were involved in the late Contest, they cannot suppress their acknowledgments to your Excellency, under whose Auspices it has been so happily conducted.
In this arduous struggle for "Peace, Liberty, and Safety," the welfare of the Arts and Sciences was intimately concerned; they trembled at the dangers that surrounded them, they crouded to your Standard for Safety, and in you they have found aProtector.
Sensible of her obligations, and ambitious of enrolling your (justly celebrated) Name in the Catalogue of her Sons, this University presents your Excellency with her highest honours, and joins the wreath of Science to the Laurels of the Hero.
We shall deem ourselves honoured by your accepting this Testimony of our Gratitude and Estimation of your literary merits; and we hope the rising generation under our care, when hereafter they shall see their names enrolled with yours, will be fired with emulation to copy your distinguished virtues, and learn (from your example) to grow great in the service of their Country. Long may you live to enjoy the sweets of that prosperity and peace which your arms under God have given to America. We pray Heaven to reward you with its choicest blessings, & make you as happy in the shades of retirement, as you have been illustrious in the field of Glory.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.