George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Rev. James Madison, 16 September 1793

From the Rev. James Madison

Williamsburg Sep. 16th 1793.


The Inhabitants of the County of James City, who formed the Resolves, which I have now the Honour of transmitting to you, had at their Meeting two objects principally in View; the one was, to bestow upon you, the greatest Reward which the patriotic Benefactor of his Country can receive, Viz. the Approbation of his Fellow-Citizens; the other, to express their Solicitude for the sacred Preservation of the Sovereignty of the United States, & the Continuance of the Blessings of Peace.

In the Integrity of your Views, & unwearied Attention to the general Weal, they have that firm Confidence, which the Tenor of your Life so justly warrants; nor have they a Doubt, but it will continue glorious to yourself, & prosperous to them, so long as it shall please the great Disposer of Events to protract it. I am, Sir, with the greatest Respect, Your most obedt Servt

Js Madison


James Madison (1749–1812) was ordained to the priesthood while in England in 1775 and later became the first bishop of the Virginia Protestant Episcopal Church. A professor of natural philosophy at the College of William and Mary, he served as that school’s president from 1777 to 1812.

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