To the Germantown, Pennsylvania, School Trustees
[c.6 November 1793]
The readiness with which the Trustees of the public School of Germantown tender the buildings under their charge, for the use of Congress, is a proof of their zeal for furthering the public good; and doubtless the Inhabitants of Germantown generally, actuated by the same motives, will feel the same dispositions to accommodate, if necessary, those who assemble but for their service & that of their fellow citizens.
Where it will be best for Congress to remain will depend on circumstances which are daily unfolding themselves, & for the issue of which, we can but offer up our prayers to the Sovereign Dispenser of life & health. His favor too on our endeavours—the good sense and firmness of our fellow citizens, & fidelity in those they employ, will secure to us a permanence of good government.
If I have been fortunate enough, during the vicissitudes of my life, so to have conducted myself, as to have merited your approbation, it is a source of much pleasure; & shoud my future conduct merit a continuance of your good opinion, especially at a time when our Country, & the City of Philada in particular, is visited by so severe a calamity, it will add more than a little to my happiness.
LB, DLC:GW; Df (incomplete), in Thomas Jefferson’s writing, DLC: Jefferson Papers. The draft does not contain the final paragraph, but otherwise differs from the letter-book copy only in minor ways. This letter was printed in the Federal Gazette and Philadelphia Daily Advertiser, 8 November.