|27 February 1797|
The Select Council of the City of Philadelphia, deeply impressed with gratitude for the distinguished Services you have rendered your Country, beg leave to express their entire approbation of your Administration, their regret at your retirement from the station of Chief Magistrate, and their wishes for your future happiness.
We cannot describe the emotions which a review of your public and private Life excite in the breasts of your fellow Citizens—We therefore forbear the attempt—May the great example it has furnished be imitated, and may the excellent advice you have lately imparted be observed; under their influence the first wish of your heart will be accomplished and these United States long continue a free, enlightened and happy nation.
Frans Gurney President
DLC: Papers of George Washington.