George Washington Papers

Memorandum from Thomas Jefferson, 22 September 1793

Memorandum from Thomas Jefferson

Sep. 22. 1793.

Heads of answer to the Caroline resolutions.1

Taking them up in their order, they appear susceptible of answer in the following way.

The 1st & 2d by a concurrence of sentiment for the maintenance of the constitution, & preservation of peace, & the pleasure with which the President recieves their assurances of support in these objects.

3. Notice of the expressions of their personal respect.

4. Approbation of their expressions of gratitude to the French nation for aids extended in a time of need, and the honorable trait evidenced in the National character by a strong remembrance of it, even in the moment when the justice due to others imposes laws on the manifestation of it. that being firmly persuaded that the interest & happiness of all the parties engaged in the present contests of Europe will be most promoted by their obtaining every one what is right, & no more, we may innocently & justly pray to heaven that such may be the result of these afflicting contests.

5. 6. 7. to express a firm attachment to the free principles of our government, & a confidence that the virtue & good sense of our citizens will counteract & defeat all measures which might tend to weaken their affection to these principles to alienate them from the republican government they have established for themselves, or to innovate on it’s character.

8. it would seem more delicate & dignified to pass over this altogether.2

AD, DLC: Jefferson Papers.

1The resolutions of Caroline County citizens, 10 Sept., were enclosed with Edmund Pendleton’s first letter to GW of 11 September.

2For GW’s reply to the Caroline County resolutions, which indeed ignored their resolution about the alleged misconduct of French minister Edmond Genet, see GW to Pendleton, 23 Sept. (first letter).

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