Manuscript/Mixed Material George Washington to Boston Citizens, July 28, 1795

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To THE BOSTON SELECTMEN63

[United States, July 28, 1795.]

Gentlemen: In every act of my administration, I have sought the happiness of my fellow-citizens. My system for the attainment of this object has uniformly been to overlook all personal, local and partial considerations: to contemplate the United States, as one great whole: to confide, that sudden impressions, when erroneous, would yield to candid reflection: and to consult only the substantial and permanent interests of our country.

Nor have I departed from this line of conduct, on the occasion, which has produced the resolutions, contained in your letter of the 13 [instt.]

Without a predilection for my own judgment, I have weighed with attention every argument, which has at any time been brought into view. But the constitution is the guide, which I never will64 abandon. It has assigned to the President the power of making treaties, with the advice and consent of the senate. It was doubtless supposed that these two branches of government would combine, without passion, [and with the best means of information], those facts and principles upon which the success of our foreign relations will always depend: that they ought not to substitute for their own conviction the opinions of others; or to scorn expect65 truth thro' any channel but

63. Ezekiel Price, Thomas Walley, William Bordman, Ebenezer Seaver, Thomas Crafts, Thomas Edwards, William Little, William Scollay, and Jesse Putnam.

64. The “Letter Book” copy has “can.”

65. The draft is doubtful at this point. In addition to the words “scorn” and “expect,” the word “follow” is crossed off, though underscored in pencil, apparently by the Attorney General. The “Letter Book” copy has the word “seek.”

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Title
George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799: Letterbook 40, Oct. 2, 1794 - March 28, 1797
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Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Author)
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series: Series 2, Letterbooks 1754-1799
MSS 44693: Reel 040
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George Washington papers
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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 40, Oct. 2, 1794. 1794. Manuscript/Mixed Material. https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.040/.

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Washington, G. (1794) George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 40, Oct. 2, 1794. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.040/.

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Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 2, Letterbooks 1754 to 1799: Letterbook 40, Oct. 2, 1794. 1794. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mgw2.040/>.

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