George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Purviance, Jr., 18 December 1783

His Excellency General Washington

Baltimore 18th Decr 1783

The Town of Baltimore feels an unusual joy on your Excellency’s arrival; And, willing to testify, in an acceptable manner, the most grateful sense of your eminent services and superior abilities, We are intrusted to congratulate your Excellency on the Glorious and happy conclusion of an unequal, precarious and bloody War, through which you have successfully Commanded the Armies of the United States, Established the liberties and Independence of Your native Country; and gained to yourself the unrival’d appellation of its most illustrious Citizen.

May your Excellency long survive the fatigues, and calamities of War—May Health, Ease, and domestic tranquility Smooth your path of life; and Heaven, hereafter, grant the only adequate reward of your exalted Merit. We have the Honor to be with perfect respect and Esteem Your Excellency’s, Most obedient, and Most Humble Servts

W. Smith

Saml Purviance

Jno. Sterett

O.H. Williams

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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