|Gentlemen||c.27 February 1797|
I have recd your affectionate Address with that pleasure & satisfaction wch has always accompanied the expression of approbation of my conduct in public life, by my fellow Citizens.
For your kind wishes offered for my welfare & happiness, receive my most grateful acknowledgements; & I pray you to be assured that I feel a deep interest in the happiness & prosperity of those, among whom I have resided so many years, & from whom I have received every attention that could render my situation agreeable. In my retirement from public life, I shall not cease to implore for you, from the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, a continuance of those blessings which may render you permanently happy.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.