George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States House of Representatives, 7 December 1793

To the United States House of Representatives

[7 December 1793]


I shall not affect to conceal the cordial satisfaction, which I derive, from the Address of the House of Representatives. Whatsoever those services may be, which you have sanctioned by your favor, it is a sufficient reward, that they have been accepted as they were meant. For the fulfilment of your anticipations of the future, I can give no other assurance, than that the motives, which you approve, shall continue unchanged.

It is truly gratifying to me to learn, that the proclamation has been considered, as a seasonable guard against the interruption of the public peace.1 Nor can I doubt, that the subjects, which I have recommended to your attention, as depending on legislative provisions, will receive a discussion suited to their importance. With every reason, then, it may be expected, that your deliberations, under the divine blessing, will be matured to the honor and happiness of the United States.

Go: Washington.

Copy, DNA: RG 233, Third Congress, House Records of Legislative Proceedings, Journals; LB, DLC:GW.

1GW is referring to his Neutrality Proclamation of 22 April.

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