| TRANSCRIPT GLC 2437.53.66
George Washington. Autograph letter signed: to Henry Knox, Mount
Vernon, 1787 February 25. 3 p. + docket.
Mount Vernon 25th. Feb. 1787
Accept; my dear General Knox my affectionate thanks for your
obliging favors of the 29th, 30th, & 31st. of Janry. and
1st. 8th. & 12th. of the present month.–
They were indeed, exceedingly satisfactory, and relieving
to my mind which had been filled with great & anxious
uneasiness for the issue of General Lincoln’s operations,
and the dignity of Government.
On the prospect of the happy termination of this insurrection
I sincerely congratulate you; hoping that good may result
from the cloud of evils which threatned, not only the hemisphere
of Massachusetts but by spreading its baneful influence, the
tranquillity of the Union. – Surely Shays must be either
a weak man – the dupe of some characters who are yet
behind the curtain – or has been deceived by his followers.
– Or which may yet be more likely, he did not conceive
that there was energy enough in the Government to bring matters
to the crisis to which they have been pushed. It is to be
hoped the General Court of that State concurred in the report
of the Committee, that a Rebellion did actually exist. –
This would be decisive, and the most likely means of putting
the finishing stroke to the business.
We have nothing new in this quarter except the dissentions
which prevailed in, and occasioned the adjournment of, the
Assembly of Maryland; that an appeal might be made to the
people for their sentiments on the conduct of their representatives
in the Senate & Delegates respecting a paper emission;
which was warmly advocated by the latter and opposed by the
former – and which may be productive of great, and perhaps
dangerous divisions. – Our affairs, generally, seem
really, to be approaching to some awful crisis. – God
only knows what the result will be. – It  shall be
my part to hope for the best; as to see this Country happy
whilst I am gliding down the stream of life in tranquil retirement
is so much the wish of my Soul, that nothing on this side
Elysium can be placed in competition with it.
I hope the postponement of your journey to this State does
not amount to a relinquishment of it – and that it is
unnecessary to assure you of the sincere pleasure I should
have at seeing you under this roof. –
Mrs. Washington unites with me in every good wish for Mrs.
Knox yourself and family. – With sentiments of the warmest
I am Yrs.
I had wrote this letter & was on the point of sending
it with others to the Post Office when your favor of the 15th.
instt. was handed to me. – The spirit & decision
of the Court is very pleasing & I hope will be attended
with happy consequences
Mount Vernon 25 Feby
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His Excellency Genl
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