George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Gordon, 7 March 1794

From William Gordon

St Neots Hunts [England] March 7th 1794

My Dear Sir

Your benevolence is so well established, that no apology is needful for my introducing to your notice, my friend the Revd Mr Hickman, who prefers living in a land of real liberty to remaining in his native country, where there is little of it, though great boastings about it.

Being at Cambridge the beginning of the week, a gentleman of my acquaintance, Mr Flower, who has published upon the French Constitution of 1791, expressed his desire of notifying his regard to You, by sending You his work, did he know of a conveyance. I immediately told him that Mr Hickman would gladly take charge of it. He took the direction where to order it, & I conclude that before t⟨h⟩is reaches Mr Hickman, he will have received it.1

I pray for your States as truly & steadily as an American, that you may be succeeded in warring with the Indians, till you have a safe lasting & honorable peace; & that You may be preserved from a war with G. Britain; but am afraid You will be driven into it by our ministry. Should the French give the allies a good hearty drubbing upon the ⟨opening⟩ of the campaign, so as to leave no reasonable hope of its being a successful one to the ⟨mutilated⟩rates, the ministry may accede to your just demands: for notwithstanding the contemptuous ⟨mutilated⟩gard they cast upon the voice of the public, a war with America will be so extremely unpopular, as to endanger their seats, which many think are more dear to them than their country. Wishing & praying that your Excellency may live to see the United States confirmed in the enjoyment of a safe peace with all the nations of the earth, & in the possession of a plan that shall secure the liberties of America to the latest posterity, without exposing them to the wils of hereditary power in a single State, or a single President; & then finish your race with full glory, & remove to a better world through the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ. I remain My Dear Sir Your Excellency’s affectionate friend & humble servant

William Gordon

Mrs Gordon joins me in the preceding paragraph, & in most cordial regards to your Lady, to whom Mrs Hickman will pay proper respect upon her arrival.

N.B. I shall enter my sixty-sixth year should I be spared till tomorrow. Am so favored, as to be able to write without spectacles, & to read without any kind of glasses.

ALS, DLC:GW. A notation on the cover reads, “Favored by the Revd Mr Hickman.”

1The Rev. Hickman and his wife have not been identified. On Benjamin Flower and his book on the French constitution, see his letter to GW of 17 March.

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