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State of the Union Message, 1791

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PublicationLowrie, Walter and St. Clair Clarke, Matthew, eds. American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Foreign Relations. 38 Vols. Washington, DC: Gales and Seaton, 1832. (no image)
Document Information
Date October 25, 1791
Author Name George Washington (primary)
Recipient Name Congress of the United States (primary)
Summary President George Washington's [State of the Union] message to the the Senate and the House of Representatives in which he talks of many issues, particularly the state of relations with the Indians, the establishment of a permanent seat of government, and the means of disposing of the national debt.
Document Format Modern Printed Transcription of Letter/Document
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Related Persons/Groups Congress; George Washington; husbandman; well disposed tribes of Indians; militia of Kentucky; deluded tribes; Executive of the United States; unenlightened race of men; Senate; House of Representatives; Cherokees; Six Nations of indians; our constituents;
Related Places western frontiers; Kentucky; river Potomac; Alexandria; Georgetown; Holland; western and northern parts of the Union;
Keywords prosperous situation of our common country; providential blessings; abundance; industry of the husbandman; progressive state of agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation; constitution and laws of the United States; increasing reputation and credit of the nation; subscription to the Bank of the United States; defense and security of the western frontiers; treaties; humane principles; pacification; terms of moderation and justice; depredations; offensive operations; overtures of peace; intimate intercourse; happiness of the Indians; alienating their lands; main source of discontent and war; commerce; blessings of civilization; adequate penalties; peace of the Union; principles of religion and philanthropy; national character; duties on distilled spirits; rates of compensation; some degree of discontent; public welfare; district ten miles square for the permanent seat of the Government of the United States; necessary public buildings; census of the inhabitants; present population of the United States borders on four millions of persons; loan of two millions and a half of florins; two treaties; domestic debt; revenues; post office and post roads; the mint; uniformity in the weights and measures; sale of the vacant lands; competent magazines and arsenals; disorders in the existing currency; scarcity of small change; poorer classesl; reimbursing the public debt;
Key Phrases I meet you upon the present occasion with the feelings which are naturally inspired by a strong impression of the prosperous situation of our common country...

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