shington's letters to the president of Congress, March 19, and April 18, 1783; to Benjamin Harrison, governor of Virginia, March 18, 1783; to Lafayette, April 5, 1783, and his farewell address to the armies, Nov. 2, 1783 (Sparks, VIII., 396, 403, 411, 421, 491). Washington's deep sense of the obligations of the country to the officers and soldiers of the army, which finds such strong expression in this circular letter, may be further studied in The life, journal, and correspondence of Rev. Manassch Cutler, vol.
IV.; in Cone's Life of Gen. Rufus Putnam; and in the St. Clair papers.
The following is the text of the address:
Headquarters, Newburg, June 8, 1783.
Sir.—The great 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 to return to that domestic retirement which, it is well known, I left with the greatest reluctance; a retirement for which I hav