Reply of the President
to the House of Representatives
[8 May 1789]
Your very affectionate Address produces emotions which I know not how to express. I feel that my past endeavors in the service of my Country are far Overpaid by its goodness: and I fear much that my future ones may not fulfill your kind Anticipation. All that I can promise is, that they will be invariably directed by an honest and an ardent zeal. Of this resource my heart assures me. For all beyond, I rely on the wisdom and patriotism of those with whom I am to cooperate, and a continuance of the blessings of Heaven on our beloved Country.
Tr (DNA: RG 233, Journals of the House of Representatives). For JM’s authorship, see Washington to JM, 5 May 1789.