|Sir,||Philadelphia 24th Novr 1796..|
I beg of you to accept my thanks for the favourable Sentiments you have been pleased to express for me in your letter of yesterday’s date.
Whether the approbation of my past Services proceeds from public bodies, or individual citizens, it cannot, at the moment I am about to close the scene of political life be otherwise than agreeable & consoling. In this light I consider your address, and request you to be assured of the sensibility with which the sentiments contained in it,, are received by Sir Your Obedt Hble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.