Adams Papers

To John Adams from John M. Gill, 12 June 1798

[ante 12 June 1798]

To the President the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America

The address and memorial of Sundry Inhabitants of the Town and County of Washington in the State of Pennsylvania Respectfully Sheweth

That we sincerely regret that any circumstances should have given any foreign government ground to believe that when the safety of the government, liberty independance or prosperity of the United States is menaced there can be a division of opinion among the people of America; that this people so happy under a constitution and Administration of their own choice, will ever seek the shelter of a foreign power or that such belief so injurious to the true sentiments of the American people should be avowed by a foreign government as a motive to unjust vexation and a mean of accomplishing further opression and establishing a foreign influence against our own government altogether inconsistent with our happiness as a people and our independence as a Nation

We have seen with sincere pleasure that no effort to obtain Justice and peace from France has been left untried which justice candour liberality and affection to that nation could have dictated. If justice be refused and if peace be obtainable only on terms disgracefull to national virtue and inconsistent with national independence; by concessions which as not founded on right and extorted only by force instead of securing peace must invite rapacity and end in slavery we trust that that spirit which resisted the usurping power of Britain is yet alive in America to resist usurpation from any nation, and having confidence in those to whose management we have committed our national interests we pledge ourselves to support their measures by a cordial attention to every duty encumbent on citizens of a free and independent republic

David Cooke

William Nivin

Solomon Sparks

John M Glu

Andrew Jamison

Phillip Lively

Moses Stout

John Gillarcout

Thomas Vennious

Thos. Thompson

Jas McElroy

Andw Boggs

Saml Urie

William McCamant

William Crawford

James Burne

Daniel Lut

Robart Jackmare

Lanick McFarlands

Sauloman [Saml]

Luther Axtell

James Mitchell

William Stemant Junir

Harry Gregg

Isaac New Kirk

[. . .]Lewis

Jacob Huffman

John Bees

James Crawford

Jno, Langby

George Woods

Thomas Fiams

James Allison

John Ryan

Nathaniel Cooper

James Reed

Geo. Caton

John Barnett

Joshua Davis

[. . .] Scott

David Cooke

William Nivin

Soloman Sparks

Eleazar Jenkins

John Dagl

Robart McCreday

John Nueling

[. . .]

Nehemiah Scott

Zebulon Cooper

James McVay

John Bradack

Thos. Rees

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