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Newburgh, N. Y., June 18, 1783.

SIR-The object for which I had the honor to hold an appointment in the service of my country being accomplished, I am now preparing to resign it into the hands of Congress, and return to that domestic retirement, which, it is well known, I left with the greatest reluctance; a retirement for which I have never ceased to sigh through a long and painful absence, in which (remote from the noise and trouble of the world), I meditate to pass the remainder of life in a state of undisturbed repose; but, before I carry this resolution into effect, I think it a duty in- . cumbent on me to make this my last official communication, to congratulate you on the glorious evenis which heaven has been pleased to produce in our favor; to offer my sentiments respecting some important subjects, which appear to me to be intimately connected with the tranquility of the United States; to take my leave of your excellency as a public char. acter; and to give my final blessing to that country, in whose service I have spent the prime of my life; for whose sake I have consumed so many anxious

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