To Nicholas Lewis
Germantown [Pa.] 16th Novemr 1793.
While I acknowledge that all power is derived from the people, and that the Federal Government has been instituted for their happiness, I cannot but unite in the attachment expressed by the freemen of Albemarle to the Constitution of the U. States.1 Harmony with foreign Nations is a blessing which we ought to prize & to cherish; & from a desire of cultivating it the proclamation was issued.2 Such a measure became the more eligible, as it neither cancelled nor weakened our obligations to the French Nation.
LB, DLC:GW. This letter was printed in the Virginia Gazette, and General Advertiser (Richmond), 25 December.
1. GW was referring to the resolutions of Albemarle County, Va., citizens, 10 Oct., enclosed in Lewis’s letter to GW of 24 October.
2. GW’s Neutrality Proclamation was dated 22 April.