George Washington Papers

From George Washington to French Directory, 9 September 1796

9 September 1796

Very dear Great Friends and Allies,

Sincerely desirous to maintain that good understanding which from the commencement of their alliance, has subsisted between our two Nations; and to efface unfavorable impressions, banish suspicions and restore that cordiality which was at once the evidence and pledge of a friendly union; I have judged it expedient to appoint Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, one of our distinguished citizens, to reside near you, in the quality of minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America. He knows the friendship our Republic bears to yours, and our desire to strengthen and confirm it. From my knowledge of his abilities, prudence and integrity, I have entire confidence that he will be diligent and faithful to accomplish the objects of his mission, and render himself acceptable to you. I beseech you, therefore, to give full credence to whatever he shall say to you on the part of the United States, and especially when he shall assure you of their friendship, and wishes for the prosperity of the French Republic, which may God preserve. Written at Philadelphia this ninth day of September 1796.

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By the President of the United States of america

Timothy Pickering

Secretary of State.

DNA: RG 59--State Department.

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