George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 10 December 1793

To the United States Senate

[10 December 1793]


The pleasure, expressed by the Senate, on my reelection to the station, which I fill, commands my sincere and warmest acknowledgments. If this be an event, which promises the smallest addition to the happiness of our country, as it is my duty, so shall it be my study to realize the expectation.

The decided approbation, which the Proclamation now receives from your house, by completing the proof, that this measure is considered, as manifesting a vigilant attention to the welfare of the United States, brings with it a peculiar gratification to my mind.1

The other important subjects, which have been communicated to you, will, I am confident, receive a due discussion; and the result will, I trust, prove fortunate to the United States.

Go: Washington

ALS, CStbK; LB, DLC:GW. The ALS is undated. Although the letter-book copy is dated 9 Dec. 1793, GW delivered this message to senators on 10 Dec. (see U.S. Senate to GW, 9 Dec., n.1).

1GW is referring to his Neutrality Proclamation of 22 April.

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