<br /> Lee Letter: n199

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Joseph Leech

Sir:

I have received from you the address and resolutions of the
inhabitants of the town of Newbern,1 passed
at their meeting on the 19th of April, noticing the call of the House
of Representatives for the papers relating to the negociation of the
treaty with Great-Britain, and my answer to that call.

A sacred regard to the constitution, and to the best interests of the
United States as involved in its preservation, having governed my
conduct on that occasion, the consciousness thereof would at all times
have furnished me with strong ground of satisfaction: but it gives me
real pleasure to find that conduct approved by my fellow-citizens; and
the kind and affectionate terms in which the approbation of the
inhabitants of Newbern has been conveyed to me, are peculiarly
grateful, and demand my cordial acknowledgments. These I beg you to
express to them,

with my sincere thanks for their earnest wishes for my
welfare. 2

Notes:

1 North Carolina.

2 The draft is in the writing of Timothy Pickering. The date line is in the
writing of Washington.