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From George Washington to Joseph Swift, 2 March 1797

Gentlemen, c. 2 March 1797

To this public testimony of your approbation of my conduct & affection for my person, I am not insensible; and your prayers for my present and future happiness, merit my warmest acknowledgments. It is with peculiar satisfaction I can say, that, prompted by a high sense of duty in my attendance on public worship, I have been gratified, during my residence among you, by the liberal and interesting discourses which have been delivered in your churches.

Believing that that Government alone can be approved by Heaven, which promotes peace and secures protection to its Citizens in every thing that is dear and interesting to them; it has been the great object of my Administration to insure those valuable ends: And when, to a consciousness of the purity of my intentions, is added the approbation of my fellow-citizens, I shall experience in my retirement that heartfelt Satisfaction, which can only be exceeded by the hope of future happiness.

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