George Washington to Thomas Mifflin1
United States, Septr. 29th. 1792.2
Inclosed you will find the copy of a Proclamation, which I have thought proper to issue, in consequence of certain irregular and refractory proceedings, which have taken place in particular parts of some of the states, contravening the law therein mentioned.
I feel an entire confidence, that the weight and influence of the Executive of (Pensylvania) will be chearfully exerted, in every proper way, to further the object of this measure, and to promote, on every occasion, a due obedience to the constitutional laws of the Union.3
With respect, I am, Sir Your Excellency’s Obedt servt
Thomas Mifflin Esqr
Governor of the Common~ of Pensyla
Df, in the handwriting of H, RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1790–1799, National Archives; LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
1. For background to this letter, see H to Tench Coxe, September 1, 1792; H to Washington, September 1, 8, first letter of September 9, September 11, 22, 26, 1792; H to John Jay, September 3, 1792; “Draft of a Proclamation Concerning Opposition to the Excise Law,” September 7, 1792; Jay to H, September 8, 1792; Edmund Randolph to H, September 8, 1792; Washington to H, September 7, two letters of September 17, September 21, 1792; George Clymer to H, September 28, 1792; Rufus King to H, September 27, 1792.
2. The dateline is in Washington’s handwriting.
3. On the back of this letter Washington wrote: “The Governors of Pennsylvania No Carolina & So Carolina 29th. Septr. 1792.” Washington sent the same letter on the same date to Alexander Martin of North Carolina and Charles Pinckney of South Carolina.