George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Nicholas Lewis, 16 November 1793

To Nicholas Lewis

Germantown [Pa.] 16th Novemr 1793.


While I acknowledge that all power is derived from the people, and that the Federal Government has been instituted for their happiness, I cannot but unite in the attachment expressed by the freemen of Albemarle to the Constitution of the U. States.1 Harmony with foreign Nations is a blessing which we ought to prize & to cherish; & from a desire of cultivating it the proclamation was issued.2 Such a measure became the more eligible, as it neither cancelled nor weakened our obligations to the French Nation.

Go. Washington

LB, DLC:GW. This letter was printed in the Virginia Gazette, and General Advertiser (Richmond), 25 December.

2GW’s Neutrality Proclamation was dated 22 April.

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