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To George Washington from Thomas Pinckney, 10 January 1797

Private
Dear Sir Charleston 10th Janry 1797

My absence from America at the time when the United Voice of our fellow citizens testified their gratitude for your past services, & their regret that they were about to be deprived of a Chief Magistrate so deservedly the object of their approbation & affection will I hope apologize for intruding my individual assent to these sentiments, and permit me without impropriety to indulge myself in the expression of that veneration for your public character & attachment to your personal merits with which I am sincerely impressed.

That you may long enjoy the gratification which must result to you from an impartial retrospect in the fervent wish of Dear Sir Your affectionate & obedt Servant

Thomas Pinckney

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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