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From George Washington to David Ramsay, 24 January 1797

Sir, United States 24th January, 1797.

I have your letter of the 21st of last month, covering the unanimous resolve of the Senate of the State of South-Carolina of the 19th, in which they have been pleased to express, in affectionate terms, their approbation of my public services.

The general concurrence of my fellow-citizens in such sentiments, manifested by their Representatives in the State Legislatures, will be to me a source of pure and lively pleasure while I live.

I beg you, Sir, to communicate to the Senate my sincere thanks for their testimony of the public opinion and respect of my fellow-citizens, and for their ardent wishes that I may enjoy a long and uninterrupted course of happiness. This enjoyment will necessarily depend on the happiness of my country; and this, on the maintaining absolutely its Sovereignty.

Be pleased, Sir, to accept my acknowledgments for the obliging and friendly manner in which you have communicated to me the Resolve of the Senate.

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ScCoAH: Records of the General Assembly.

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