George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Daniel Owen, 19 June 1790

To Daniel Owen

United States [New York] June 19th 1790.


I have delayed acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the 29th of may, which contained official information of the adoption and ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America by the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, until the form of the ratification should be received, which, together with your letter accompanying it, got to my hands but a few days ago; and I take this opportunity of offering you my sincere congratulations upon this event, which unites under one general Government all the branches of the great American family; and I doubt not but it will prove as auspicious to the good people of your State as it is pleasing to other parts of the Union.1 With due consideration, I am, Sir, Your most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington


1Acting as president of the Rhode Island convention, Owen sent GW notice of the ratification of the Constitution by the state on 29 May 1790 (see GW to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 16 June 1790, n.1). GW did not receive a copy of the formal instrument of ratification from Owen until 15 June. Owen’s cover letter to the formal instrument was dated 9 June, but he apparently delayed sending it (see GW to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 16 June 1790, n.1; Memorandum from Jeremiah Olney, 19 June 1790, source note).

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