From Philip Schuyler
Albany Decr. 15. 1793
My Dear Sir
I am happy that the children are safely arrived with you,1 I hope they you and my Eliza are in health.
The presidents message of the 5th has reached us I am rejoiced that he has been so explicit relative to the french Anarchist.2 The Antis here who had boldly aserted, that the Imputation of an appeal to the people was a fabrication to injure the french cause, stand abashed, and I am persuaded that Genets intemperance has served the fœderal interest, instead of Injuring It.
We are all in health and Join in love. My Angelica3 is perfectly happy, And very lively.
Adieu Yours Affectionately
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
2. Schuyler is referring to the President’s remarks concerning the activities of the French Minister, Edmond Charles Genet. On December 5 Washington reported to the Senate and the House of Representatives on the state of relations between the United States, Great Britain, and France. Concerning Genet he stated: “It is with extreme concern I have to inform you, that the proceedings of the person whom they have unfortunately appointed their Minister plenipotentiary here, have breathed nothing of the friendly spirit of the nation which sent him; their tendency on the contrary, has been to involve us in War abroad, and discord and anarchy at home. So far as his acts, or those of his agents, have threatened our immediate commitment in the war, or flagrant insult to the authority of the Laws, their effect has been counteracted by the ordinary cognizance of the laws, and by an exertion of the powers confided to me. Where their danger was not imminent, they have been borne with, from sentiments of regard to his nation, from a sense of their friendship towards us, from a conviction that they would not suffer us to remain long exposed to the action of a person who has so little respected our mutual dispositions, and I will add, from the reliance on the firmness of my fellow Citizens in their principles of peace and order” (GW description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington (Washington, 1931–1944). description ends , XXXIII, 171).
3. Angelica Hamilton was H’s eldest daughter.