Special thanks to the following donors, who aided in the acquisition of this letter:
Ann and Hugh Scott III
The interior of the Mansion is closed for restoration but we're still open and there's a lot to see and do!
Washington longed to rest "under my own Vine & my own Fig tree," repeatedly quoting the passage from the Book of Micah throughout his time in the Continental Army.
Mount Vernon 1st Feby 1784.
My Dear Chevr
I have had the honor to receive your favor of the 23rd of August from L'Orient. I hope this Letter will find you in the circle of you friends at Paris, well recovered from the fatigues of your long inspection of the Frontiers of the Kingdom.
I am at length become a private Citizen of America on the banks of the Potomac; where under my own Vine and my own Fig tree—free from the bustle of a Camp and the Intrigues of a Court, I shall view the busy world, with calm indifference & with that serenity of mind which the Soldier, in pursuit of glory, and the Statesman of a name, have not time to enjoy. I am not only retired from all public employments; but am retiring within myself & shall tread the private walks of life with heartfelt satisfaction.
After seeing New York evacuated by the British forces on the 25th of Novembr, & Civil Government established in the City; I repaired to Congress & surrendered all my powers, with my Commission into their hands on the 23d of December and arrived at this Cottage the day before Christmas, where I have been close locked in Frost & Snow ever since. -- Mrs Washington thanks you for your kind remembrance of her, & prays you to accept her best wishes.
With sentiments of pure and
I am - My Dr Chevr
Yr. Most Affect &