George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 14 January 1790

To the United States Senate

[New York, 14 January 1790]


I thank you for your address, and for the assurances, which it contains, of attention to the several matters, suggested by me to your consideration.1

Relying on the continuance of your exertions for the public good, I anticipate, for our Country, the salutary effects of upright and prudent Counsels.

Go: Washington

LS, DNA: RG 46, First Congress, Records of Legislative Proceedings, President’s Messages.

1See GW to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, 8 Jan. 1790, and notes. On 12 Jan. the Senate ordered “that the address to the President of the United States, in answer to his Speech, be presented by the Vice President, attended by the Senate, and that the Committee which reported the address [Rufus King, Ralph Izard, and William Paterson], wait on the President, and desire to be informed at what time and place, he will receive the same.” GW designated Thursday, 14 Jan., at eleven o’clock, to receive the Senate’s address “at his own House, at which time he made the above reply” (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 , 1:221).

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