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From George Washington to Maria I, 17 February 1797

Great and Good Friend 17 Feb. 1797

Desirous of continuing a friendly and useful intercourse between the subjects of your Majesty and the Citizens of these States, and the proofs of our good will and consideration towards your Majesty, I have named John Quincy Adams, one of our distinguished Citizens, Minister Plenipotentiary for the United States of America near your Majesty. He knows the interests we take, and shall ever take, in your prosperity and happiness; and I beseech your Majesty to give entire Credence to whatever he shall deliver on our part, and most of all when he shall assure you of the sincerity of our friendship.

I pray God to keep you, Great and Good Friend under his holy protection. Written at Philadelphia the Seventeenth day of February 1797. Your Good Friend

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