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" Truth will ultimately prevail where pains is taken to bring it to light. "

Letter to Charles M. Thruston | Sunday, August 10, 1794

Editorial Notes

Washington is replying to Frederick County, Va., delegate Charles Mynn Thruston's 21 June 1794 letter in which Thruston warned Washington of "a powerful faction" in Kentucky that wanted to separate from the United States and join Britain. Washington's response blamed groups who were concealing or misrepresenting facts and "spreading mischief far & wide either from real ignorance of the measures pursuing by the government, or from a wish to bring it, as much as they are able, into discredit." Washington believed that when the people of Kentucky learned the truth they would discredit the faction.

Letter to Charles Mynn Thruston | Sunday, August 10, 1794