TRANSCRIPT GLC 1972
George Washington. Document signed: Boston, to the members
of the Society of the Cincinnati in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
1789 October 27. 1p.
To the Members of the Society of the Cincinnati in the commonwealth
In reciprocating, with gratitude and sincerity, the multiplied,
and affecting gratulations of my fellow-citizens of this commonwealth,
they will all of them, with justice, allow me to say that
none can be dearer to me than the affectionate assurances
which you have expressed—dear, indeed, is the occasion,
which restores an intercourse with my faithful associates
in prosperous and adverse fortune – and enhanced are
the triumphs of peace, participated with those, whose virtue
and valour so largely contributed to procure them. –
To that virtue and valor your country has confessed her obligations.
– Be mine the grateful task to add the testimony of
a conviction, which it was my pride to own in the field, and
it is now my happiness to acknowledge in the enjoyments of
peace and freedom.
Regulating your conduct by those principles, which have heretofore
governed your actions as Men, Soldiers, and Citizens, you
will repeat the obligations conferred on your country—and
you will transmit to posterity an example, which must command
their admiration, and obtain their grateful praise.
Long may you continue to enjoy the endearments of fraternal
attachment, and the heartfelt happiness of reflecting that
you have faithfully done your duty! – While I am permitted
to possess the consciousness of that worth, which has long
bound me to you by every tie of affection and esteem, I will
continue to be your sincere and faithful friend.
Boston, October 27th – 1789.
Notes: Published in Twohig, Dorothy et al. The Papers of George
Washington. Presidential Series 4: 241-42.