From George Washington1
United States 31. March 1794.
Pay to the Secretary of State, in pursuance of the act providing for the relief of such of the inhabitants of St. Domingo, resident within the United States, as may be found in want to support,2 Six hundred dollars; to be applied to the relief of persons of the above description in the City of Philadelphia.3
LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
3. A committee of Philadelphia merchants, consisting of John Vaughan, Robert Ralston, Peter Lemaigre, Godfrey Wachsmuth, James Vanuxem, and John Wilcox, was in charge of the distribution of money apportioned by the United States for the relief of Santo Domingan refugees in Philadelphia (see enclosure to Edmund Randolph to Washington, March 19, 1794 [AL, RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1790–1799, National Archives]). On March 12, 1794, Vaughan had suggested to Randolph that in view of the number of refugees who might be sailing for France with the French navy, which was due to leave on March 18, the Government postpone payment of the one thousand dollars which had been apportioned to Philadelphia (ALS, RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1790–1799, National Archives; Turner, “Correspondence of French Ministers,” description begins Frederick J. Turner, ed., “Correspondence of the French Ministers to the United States, 1791–1797,” Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1903 (Washington, 1904), II. description ends 325). On March 28, 1794, Vaughan signed a receipt for the original amount apportioned and also for the six hundred dollars to which this letter refers (enclosure to Randolph to Washington, March 19, 1794 [AL, RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1790–1799, National Archives]).