From the Rev. James Madison
Williamsburg Sep. 16th 1793.
The Inhabitants of the County of James City, who formed the Resolves, which I have now the Honour of transmitting to you, had at their Meeting two objects principally in View; the one was, to bestow upon you, the greatest Reward which the patriotic Benefactor of his Country can receive, Viz. the Approbation of his Fellow-Citizens; the other, to express their Solicitude for the sacred Preservation of the Sovereignty of the United States, & the Continuance of the Blessings of Peace.
In the Integrity of your Views, & unwearied Attention to the general Weal, they have that firm Confidence, which the Tenor of your Life so justly warrants; nor have they a Doubt, but it will continue glorious to yourself, & prosperous to them, so long as it shall please the great Disposer of Events to protract it. I am, Sir, with the greatest Respect, Your most obedt Servt
ALS, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.
James Madison (1749–1812) was ordained to the priesthood while in England in 1775 and later became the first bishop of the Virginia Protestant Episcopal Church. A professor of natural philosophy at the College of William and Mary, he served as that school’s president from 1777 to 1812.