To William Short
[New York] Aug. 9. 1790.
Congress rises tomorrow. Your successor will not be appointed till they meet in December. Consequently he cannot go till the next spring.
RC (DLC: Short Papers); entirely in code, except for date, having interlinear decoding in Short’s hand; at head of text (also in code): “private.” PrC (DLC); accompanied by text en clair in TJ’s hand. Decoding verified by Editors, employing partially reconstructed key to Code No. 10. Entry in SJL shows that both this and the letter to Short of 10 Aug. 1790 were conveyed “by Barrett.”