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From George Washington to Francis Gurney, 27 February 1797

Gentlemen, c.27 February 1797

Your approbation of my public Conduct & wishes for my future happiness have excited in my mind emotions of pleasure and Gratitude.

Should my example in public or private life, or any sentiments which I have imparted, tend to the happiness or prosperity of my fellow-Citizens, I shall feel amply rewarded for the time which I have devoted to their service. As it has ever been the first wish of my heart, so will it ever be my earnest prayer & constant hope to see the United States continue a free, enlightened and happy Nation.

Go: W.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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