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From George Washington to Virginia Legislature, 27 December 1796

Gentlemen, United States 27th Decr 1796

For your address be pleased to accept my acknowledgments.

That any services of mine should have produced a declaration of the friendship and gratitude of the Legislature of Virginia cannot but be as pleasing as it is honorable to me whose highest ambition has been by faithfully and zealously serving my country to the utmost of my abilities in all the public employments of my life to merit the approbation of my fellow-citizens.

It is with unfeigned thankfulness for the goodness of a kin Providence that I look forward to the period when the first wishes of my heart are to be gratified in returning once more to private occupation in the shades of rural retirement.

G. Washington


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