|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.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.