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From George Washington to Batavian Republic National Assembly, 2 March 1797

Great and good Friends, 2 March 1797

To maintain the friendship and harmony so happily subsisting between our Republics, I have appointed William Vans Murray, one of our distinguished citizens to be Minister Resident of the United States of America, near you. From my confidence in virtues and talents I assure myself that he will embrace every occasion to fulfil those very interesting objects of his mission. I beseech you, therefore, to give entire credence to whatever he shall say to you on the part of the United States; and particularly when he shall represent to you the sincerity of our friendship, and our wishes for your prosperity and I pray God to have you, Great and good friends, in his holy keeping. Written at Philadelphia the second day of March 1797.

Go: Washington

By the President of the United States of Am.

Timothy Pickering

Secretary of State

DNA: RG 59--Letters of Credence.

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