Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Chittenden, 9 July 1792

To Thomas Chittenden

Philadelphia, July 9th. 1792.


I have the honor to enclose you sundry papers communicated to me by the British Minister residing here, which have been duly laid before the President of the United States, and further to solicit from your Excellency information as to the facts therein stated: and while I am authorized to assure you that the government is proceeding sincerely and steadily to obtain by the way of negociation a relinquishment of our territory held by the British, I am at the same time to press that no measures be permitted in your state, which, by changing the present state of things in districts where the British have hitherto exercised jurisdiction, might disturb the peaceable and friendly discussion now in hand, and retard, if not defeat, an ultimate arrangement. I have the honor to be with perfect respect and esteem, Your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble servant,

Th: Jefferson

RC (VtMS); in the hand of George Taylor, Jr., signed by TJ; at foot of text: “His Excellency the Governor of Vermont.” PrC (DLC). FC (Lb in DNA: RG 360, DL).

The sundry papers TJ transmitted to Chittenden consisted of George Hammond to TJ, 5 July 1792, and its enclosures.

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