George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Jeremiah Olney, 4 August 1799

To Jeremiah Olney

Mount Vernon 4th Augt 1799

Dear Sir,

Your favor of the 13th Ulto, accompanying the oration of Mr Maxcy, has been duly received, and for your politeness in sending me the latter, I pray you to accept my thanks.1

The sentiments expressed by that Gentleman on Government, and tendency of such conduct as is opposed to the Public functionaries in our own, are too just not to carry conviction to every well disposed, and reflecting mind. With very great esteem—I remain Dear Sir Your Most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

ALS (photocopy), DLC:GW.

Jeremiah Olney (1749–1812) served in the Rhode Island forces during the Revolution and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Continental army. In 1790 GW made him collector of the customs at Providence.

1Letter not found. Jonathan Maxcy (1768–1820), a Baptist preacher, at this time was president of Rhode Island College (later Brown University) in Providence. In 1804 he became the first president of South Carolina College in Columbia. Maxcy’s oration has not been identified.

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