To George Washington
[Philadelphia, April 18, 1794]
The Secretary of the Treasury presents his respects to the President. The enclosed permit has been prepared on the intimation of the Secretary of State, for the Spanish Commissioners.1 The Secretary is not informed whether the doubt on the subject of mr Hammond’s application was removed.2 The return of the enclosed will be considered as the evidence that it was.
LC, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
2. The “doubt” did not concern the propriety of granting the passport which George Hammond had requested (see Randolph to H, April 16, 1794; H to Washington, April 17, 1794), but rather to the fact that the British Minister, after requesting a passport, had learned that a messenger had been sent by land from Halifax with dispatches. He accordingly decided to use the same courier to carry his own dispatches to Halifax (Hammond to Lord Grenville, April 17, 1794 [D, PRO: F.O. description begins Transcripts or photostats from the Public Record Office of Great Britain deposited in the Library of Congress. description ends , Series 5, Vol. 4]; Randolph to Hammond, April 17, 1794 [LC, RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department of State, Vol. 6, January 2–June 26, 1794, National Archives]; Hammond to Randolph, April 14, 1794 [AL, RG 59, Notes from the British Legation in the United States to the Department of State, Vol. 1, October 26, 1791–August 15, 1794, National Archives]).