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George Washington fêted by the Friendly Sons’ Society, January 1, 1782.

From Rules Minutes &c. of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, 1843, 1771-1793, p. 41-43.

A portion of the transcribed text from the digitized copy from The Society of The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick for The Relief of Emigrants from Ireland collection found in Falvey’s Digital Library.

Here is General George Washington’s transcribed response to the Society’s invitation and awarding him the Society’s gold medal as written down in the Rules Minutes book.

[1] ”Sir

I accept with singular pleasure, the Ensign of so worthy a Fraternity as that of the Son of St. Patrick in this City. A Society distinguished for the firm adherence of its members to the glorious cause in which we are embark’d. —

Give me leave to assure you, Sir, that I shall never cast my eyes upon the Badge with which I am Honoured but with a grateful remembrance of the polite & affectionate manner in which it was presented. I am with Respect & Esteem
Sir
Your mo. Obt Servant
(Signd) Geo. Washington

To George Campbell Esqr.
President of the Society of the
Friendly Sons of St. Patrick
in the City of Philadelphia”

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[1] On the page, quotation marks [“] placed at the beginning of each line. The marks represent transcribed remarks by Washington. For the current transcription, the quotation marks are displayed only by the initial and final quotation marks.


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