The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 32

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 32

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 32

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 32

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I am flattered by the regret which you express at having been absent from Charleston during the stay of Lord Wycombe in that City, and being thereby deprived of an opportunity of paying the attention which you wished to that Nobleman to whom I had given a letter for you; and am glad that his intention of returning among you, after having visited the Floridas, will permit you to do it.

I must say that I lament the decision of your legislature upon the question of importing Slaves after March 1793. I was in hopes that motives of policy, as well as other good reasons supported by the direful effects of Slavery which at this moment are presented, would have operated to produce a total prohibition of the importation of Slaves whenever the question came to be agitated in any State that might be interested in the measure.

Our misfortune at the westward is certainly a circumstance much to be regretted: but it affords consolation to know, that every public loss on that occasion may be readily repaired, except that of the lives of the brave Officers and men, who fell in the conflict. I believe with you, that the absence of the Cherokee chiefs from their Nation at so critical a moment, was a fortunate event; and I trust they have received such impressions . . .

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