1789 Letter to the Directors of the Society of the United Brethren from George Washington
To The Directors of the Society of the United Brethren for propagating the Gospel among the Heathen.
I received with satisfaction the congratulations of your Society and of the Brethren’s Congregation in the United States of America. For you may be persuaded that the approbation and good wishes of such a peaceable and virtuous community cannot be indifferent to me.
You will also be pleased to accept my thanks for the Treatise which you presented; and to be assured of my patronage in your laudable undertakings.
In proportion as the general Government of the United States that acquire strength by duration, it is probable they may have it in their power to extend a salutary influence to the Aborigines in the extremities of their Territory. In the meantime, it will be a desirable thing for the protection of the Union to cooperate, as far as the circumstances may conveniently admit, with the disinterested endeavours of your Society to civilize and Christianize the Savages of the wilderness.
Under these impressions, I pray Almighty God to have you always in his holy keeping.
Updated: 14 September 2005