Address Of the SYNOD of the REFORMED DUTCH CHURCH, in NORTH AMERICA, to GEORGE WASHINGTON, PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES.
THE Synod of the Reformed Dutch Church in North America, embrace the occasion of their annual session, being the first since your appointment, to present you their sincere congratulation, and to join in that great and gen|eral joy testified by all descriptions of citizens on your ac|ceptance of the highest office in the nation.
We cannot forbear expressing our gratitude to God for preserving your valuable life amidst so many dangers till this time; for inspiring you with a large portion of the martial spirit, and forming you also for the milder and more agreeable arts of government and peace; for en|dowing you with great virtues, and calling them into ex|ercise by great events; for distinguishing you with honours, and giving you remarkable prudence and mod|eration; Page 160 and for making your extraordinary talents the more conspicuous, useful and durable, by superinducing the noble ornament of humility. Your country has, with one voice, attested your excellence by inviting you again to public life, and you have confirmed its judgment by re|turning to fresh scenes and toils after you had retired to the shade from the burden and heat of a long day.
Among the many signal interpositions of Divine Prov|idence, we remark the late important change in the Gen|eral Government; a change neither effected by accident, nor imposed by force; but adopted in the bosom of peace, after a free and mature deliberation; and in which a peo|ple widely extended, and various in their habits, are united beyond the most raised expectations. In these re|spects the United States of America stand single among all the nations of the earth. Other revolutions may have been more diversified and splendid, but none more honourable to human nature, and none so likely to produce such happy effects. This government being now completely organiz|ed, and all its departments filled, we trust that, God will give wisdom to its councils, and justice to its administra|tion; and that we shall at length realize those blessings which animated our hopes through a difficult and ruinous war.
To our constant prayers for the welfare of our country, and of the whole human race, we shall esteem it our duty and happiness, to unite our earnest endeavours to promote the pure and undefiled religion of Christ; for as this se|cures eternal felicity to men in a future state, so we are persuaded that good Christians will always be good citi|zens, and that where righteousness prevails among indi|viduals, the nation will be great and happy. Thus while just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government its surest support.
We implore the Lord God to be your sun and shield, May your administration be prosperous. May the bles|sings of millions come upon you, and your name be grate|ful to all posterity. Above all, may you finish your course Page 161 with joy, be numbered among the redeemed of the Lord, and enter into everlasting rest.
In the Name and by the Order of the Synod,
- JOHN H. LIVINGSTON,
- WILLIAM LINN,
- GERARDUS A. KUYPERS,
- PETER LOUW,
- DIRCK LEFFERTS,
- ISAAC ROSEVELT,
- RICHARD VARICK,
- HENRY ROOME.
New York,October 9, 1789.