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257 GALES & SEATONTS HISTORY 258
H. of R.] Answer to the President. [May 5, 1789.
pie through so many difficulties, to cftcrish a con-
scious responsibility for the destiny of republican-
liberty; and to seek the only sure Bie;ins of preserv-
ing and recommending- the precious deposite in a sys-
tem of legislation founded on the principles of an ho-
nest policy, and directed by the spirit of a diffusive
The question arising out of the fifth article of the
Constitution will receive all the attention demanded
by its importance; and will, we trust, be decided,,
under the influence of all the considerations to which.
In forming the pecuniary provisions for the Execu-
tive Department, we shall not lose sight of a wish re-
sulting from motives which give it a peculiar claim?
to our regard. Your resolution, in a moment critical
to the liberties of your country, to renounce all per-
sonal emolument, was among the many presages of
your patriotic services, which have been amply ful-
filled; and your scrupulous adherence now to the Ei.w
then imposed on yourself, cannot fail to demonstrate
the purity, whilst it increases the lustre of a. charac-
ter which has so many titles to admiration.
Such are the sentiments which we have thought fit
to address to you. They flow from our own hearts,
'and we verify believe that, among the raifliens we re-
present, there is- not a virtftous citizen whose^ heart
will disown them.
Alt that remains! is, that we join in your feirent sup-
plications for the blessings of heaven on ous gauntry;
and that we add "our own for the choicest of these
blessings on the most beloved of our citizens.
Said address was committed, to a Committee
of the whole; and the House immediately re-
solved itself into a committee, Mr. Page ins
the rhiiir. The committee proposing no
amendment thereto, rose and: reported the ad-
dress, and the House agreed to it, and resolved
that the Spcakeiv attended by the members v£
this House, do present the said address to the
Ordered, That Messrs. Sinxic-kscw, Coles,
and Smith, (of South Carolina.) be a commit-
tee to wait oi) the President, to know when it
wilr be convenient for him to receive the same.
Mr. Clymeb, from the committee appointed
for the purpose, reported a bill for laying n du-
ty on goods, wares, and merchandise, imported
into the United States, which passed its fissfc
Mr. Bland presented to the House the fol-
lowing application from the Legislature of Vir-
ginia, to wit:
States and other Powers who are not in treaty
with her, and therefore "did not call upon ns for
retaliation; if we are treated in the same man-
ner as those, nations we have no right to com-
plain. He was not opposed to particular regu-
lations to obtain the object which (he friends
of "the measure had in view; but he did not
like this mode of doing it, because he feared it
would injure the interest of the United State?.
Before the House adjourned, Mr. Madison
gave notice, that-he intended to bring on the
subject of amendments to the constitation, on
the 4th Monday of this month.
Tuesday, May 5.
Mr.. Benson, from the committee appointed
to consider of, anxl report what style or titles it
will be proper laannexto the office of President
and Vice President <>( the United States, if any
other than those given in the Constitution, and
to confer with a committee of the Senate ap-
pointed for the same purpose, reported as fol-
"•That it is not. proper to annex any style or
title to the respective styles or titles of office
expressed in the Constitution."
And the said report being twice read at the
Clerk's tabievwas, "P the question pat there-
upon, agreed to by the House.
Ordered? That the Clerk of this House do
acquaint the Senate therewith.
Mf. Madison, from the committee appointed
to prepare an address on the part of this House
to the President t>f the United States, in answer
to- his speech to both Houses of Congress, re-
ported as fofloweth:
The Address of the House of Representatives ia George
Washington, President of the United States.
Smii The Representatives of the People of the
United States present their congratulations" on the
event by which your fellow-citizens have attested the
pre-eminence of your merit. You have long held the
ifrst place in their esteem. You have often received
tokens of their affection. You now possess the only
proof that remained of their gratitude for your ser-
vices, of their reverence for your wisdom, and of
their confidence in your virtues. You enjoy the
highest, because the truest honor, of being the First
Magistrate, by the unanimous choice of the freest
people on the face of the earth.
We well know the anxieties with which you must
have obeyed a summons from the repose reserved for
your declining years, into public scenes, of which
you had taken your leave for ever. But the obedi-
ence was due to the occasion- It is already applaud-
ed by the universal joy which welcomes yon to your
station- And we cannot doubt that it will be reward-
ed with all the satisfaction with which an ardent love
for your fellow citizens must review successful efforts
to promote their happiness.
This anticipation is not justified merely by the past
experience of your signal services. K is particularly
suggested"by the pious impressions under which you
rneautto commence your administration, and the en-
EgJiSeried maxims by which you mean to conduct it.
We;£eel with you the strongest obligations to adore
the invisible hind which, hasted the American peo-
Virgixia, to tuif-
1s General Assejiblt, Nov. 14, 1788.
Besotted, That an application be made in tbe-naipe
and on behalf of the Legislature of this Common-
wealth, to the Congress of the United States, in the-
words following;, to wit:
'* The goad People of this Commonwealth, in Con-
vention assembled, having ratified the Constitution
submitted to their consideration, tliis Legislature has,
in eonformity to fhat act, and the resolutions of the
United States in Cwgress assembled, io them trans-
mitted, thought proper to mate the arrangements
that were necessary for carrying it into effect. Hav-
ing thus shown themselves obediesit to the voice of
their constituents, all America will find that, so far as
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