George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Dennis Whelen, 9 September 1793

To Dennis Whelen

Philada 9 Sept: 1793.


I feel much satisfaction in receiving thro’ you, at this critical period when it becomes the duty of every good Citizen to preserve peace to his Country, assurances from the late Grand Jury of Chester County, of their intention to pursue every means to ensure to the United States that inestimable blessing.1

The motive which led to a declaration of the neutrality of these States, was a conviction of it’s being for their interest & happiness; and it affords me singular pleasure to find that measure so generally approved by my Fellow Citizens, whose prosperity & ease it will always be my first care to promote.

Go. Washington


1See the Grand Inquest of Chester County, Pennsylvania, to GW, c.26 Aug. 1793, which was forwarded with a cover letter by Whelen on 26 August.

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