We have seen with the anxiety, which is inseperable from the love of our Country; the situation in which the United States are placed by the aggression <
of> committed by the French Nation, on our commerce, our Rights, and our National Sovereignty.—While the prospect of peace was in practicable view, we looked anxiously toward that event; but expected peace upon equitable & honorable terms, we fondly hoped, that the constituted powers of France, would meet our Envoys on just & liberal terms, offered by them agreeably to their instructions.—But altho’ all proper advances have been made, by our Eexecutive, those reasonable expectations have been baffled—How it becomes us now as citizens of an independant nation, to act in this crisis there is no question—as freemen & Americans, we do not hesitate we will rally round the standard of our country; we will support the constituted authorities of that country—an isidious enemy shall in vain attempt to divide us from the Government, of the United States.
To the support of that government against any foreign enemy, we pledge our lives, our fortune, and our Sacred honor
Edward Harris Jnr.
Thos. Marshall Jnr
Alexander K. Marshall
John. P. Campbell
MHi: Adams Papers.