George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 23 October 1794

From Edmund Randolph


Philadelphia October 23. 1794 12 o’clock


The letter from Dr Edwards, which I have the honor of inclosing, is remarkable; as it comes from a man, who has been always considered, as being associated in what are called the Blue-Stocking politics of Pennsylvania. The letter, to which he alludes from Mr Jay, is on the 31st of July, and the original had been long ago received.1

A Jersey paper of Yesterday contains the second number of a series of discourses, called the Crisis; in which is this passage addressed to the President. “It may not be disagreeable to your excellency to hear, that your proclamation of the 25th ulto (September) for the suppression of the spirit of insurgency, as well as for an expression of your intire satisfaction in the patriotic alacrity with which the militia summoned have taken the field, is peculiarly acceptable to all friends to good government and the laws. They are also happy to recognize in the first officer of State those invaluable properties of moderation and firmness, which were formerly so conspicuous in the field.”2 I have the honor, sir, to be with the highest respect and affectionate attachment yr mo. ob. serv.

Edm: Randolph


1The letter from Enoch Edwards has not been identified. For a summary of John Jay’s letter to Randolph of 31 July, see Randolph to GW, 7 Oct. (second letter), n.1.

2“CRISIS, No. II” appeared in The New-Jersey Journal (Elizabethtown) of 22 Oct. in the form of a letter addressed “To the PRESIDENT of the United States” from True Republican. The first CRISIS had appeared in the Journal of 1 Oct., addressed to Gov. Richard Howell of New Jersey, and two more CRISIS articles appeared on 5 and 26 November. Randolph was quoting the first paragraph of the article, which in subsequent paragraphs assured GW that he had the support of “the enlightened part” of the country and that “notwithstanding the accumulated degrees of unmerited complaints which have been poured forth through the infected organs of public communication, you still live in the hearts, in the best wishes, and in the prayers of your countrymen.”

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