George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, 26 September 1789

To the United States Senate and House of Representatives

United States,

Gentlemen of the Senate,September 26th 1789.

Having yesterday received a letter written in this month by the Governor of Rhode Island, at the request in behalf of the General Assembly of that State, addressed to the President, the Senate, and the House of Representatives of the eleven united States of America in Congress assembled, I take the earliest opportunity of laying a copy of it before you.1

Go: Washington

LS, DNA: RG 46, First Congress, Records of Legislative Proceedings, President’s Messages; copy, DNA: RG 233, First Congress, Records of Legislative Proceedings, Journals; LB, DLC:GW.

1See Rhode Island Legislature to GW, 10–19 Sept. 1789. GW’s message was received in the Senate and the House on 26 September. In both houses the letter and message were directed to lie for consideration (DHFC description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends , 1:193–94, 3:237).

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