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From George Washington to Maria I, 20 February 1797

Great and Good Friend Philadelphia 20 February 1797

It being found expedient that David Humphreys Minister Resident for the United States of America near your Majesty, should enter on another Mission, he is instructed to take leave of your Majesty and to express to you, in terms unreserved, our friendship, and our desire to preserve and strengthen the harmony and confidence which so happily subsist between your Majesty and the United States. Knowing his fidelity and discretion we assure ourselves that he will perform this duty in a manner corresponding with the sincerity of our professions, and the respect we bear you. And we pray God, to have your Majesty in his holy keeping.

Written at Philadelphia the Twentieth day of February 1797. Your good friend

Go: Washington

ANTT.

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