George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Joseph Prentis, 23 September 1793

To Joseph Prentis

Mount Vernon 23d Sep: 1793.


With no less pleasure than you transmitted them, I received, enclosed in your Letter of the 14th instant, sundry resolutions expressing the sentiments of the Citizens of Williamsburg, on the late declaration of the neutrality of these States.1

Sentiments like these, evidencing the good dispositions of my Fellow Citizens, to retain the advantages we at present enjoy from a state of peace, must be pleasing to every friend of the United States, and add to the testimonies already given of the good sense of the people thereof.

I request you, Sir, to offer my sincere acknowledgments to the Citizens of Williamsburg, for their pointed approbation of my personal endeavours to promote their interests, & the assurances of my best endeavours to guard their interests in whatsoever shall depend upon the Executive powers.

Go. Washington

LB, DLC:GW. This letter was printed in the Virginia Gazette, and General Advertiser (Richmond), 9 Oct., and subsequently in the Federal Gazette and Philadelphia Daily Advertiser, 16 October.

1GW’s Neutrality Proclamation was dated 22 April.

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