Manuscript/Mixed Material George Washington to Edmund Randolph, September 28, 1789
To EDMUND RANDOLPH
Dear Sir: Impressed with a conviction that the due administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good Government, I have considered the first arrangement of the Judicial department as essential to the happiness of our Country, and to the stability of its political system; hence the selection of the fittest characters to expound the laws, and dispense justice, has been an invariable object of my anxious concern.
I mean not to flatter when I say, that considerations like these have ruled in the nomination of the Attorney-General of the United States, and, that my private wishes would be highly gratified by your acceptance of the Office. I regarded the office as requiring those talents to conduct its important duties, and that disposition to sacrifice to the public good, which I believe you to possess and entertain; in both instances, I doubt not, the event will justify the conclusion; The appointment I hope, will be accepted, and its functions, I am assured, will be well performed.62
61. Both Sparks and Ford date this letter September 27.
62. Randolph had been confirmed by the Senate, Saturday, September 26, as Attorney General. (See Washington's letter to the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court. Sept. 30, 1789, post.)
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- George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799: Letterbook 22, Aug. 16, 1788 - Aug. 24, 1790
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- Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Author)
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