George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Edmund Pendleton, 23 September 1793

To Edmund Pendleton

Mount Vernon 23d September 1793


The Resolutions of the Inhabitants of the County of Caroline, transmitted to me by you, were received with peculiar pleasure; because no Citizen of the United States can have a more sincere desire than I have to see all attempts at subverting or violating the Constitution or Laws of the Land, frustrated; and it gives me much satisfaction to be assured of the firm support of my Fellow Citizens in preserving the peace & Safety of our Country.1

The expressions of gratitude and affection, by the Citizens of Caroline, towards the French Nation for their generous aid and assistance extended to us in a time of need, are truly laudable, & must meet the approbation of every grateful mind.

I beg you, Sir, to assure the Citizens of Caroline of my fixed attachment to the free principles of our Government, and of the confidence I have in the virtue & good sense of my Fellow Citizens which I trust will always counteract any measures which might tend to weaken their affection to these principles, or to alienate them from the republican Government they have established for themselves, & under which they have hitherto enjoyed unequalled prosperity and happiness.

The marks of respect and affection for my person, manifested in the Resolutions, demand & receive my unfeigned acknowledgments & gratitude, which I request you to communicate to the Citizens of Caroline, and to assure them of my unremitted endeavours to advance their welfare, as far as my powers & abilities extend.

Go: Washington

LS (photocopy), ViMtvL; LB, DLC:GW. This letter was printed in the Virginia Gazette, and General Advertiser (Richmond), 2 Oct., and other newspapers.

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