From George Washington
Mount Vernon April 5 1793.
Your Letter of the 1st instant, came to my hands1 yesterday. I regret the indisposition of General Knox; but hope, as there is yet time for consideration of those matters I referred to the heads of the Departments, no inconvenience will result from the delay, occasioned thereby; unless it should continue much longer. At George Town, I met Mr. Randolph; and by a Letter just received2 from Mr. Lear, I am informed that General Lincoln was expected to be in Philadelphia about the middle of this week.
I am so much surprized, and mortified at the conduct of Judge Turner, that if he should be in Philadelphia at the receipt of this Letter, and not the best evidence of his proceeding to the North-Western Territory immediately; it is my desire3 that you will, in my name, express to him, as far as my powers will authorise you to do, that I can no longer submit to such abuses of public trust without instituting (if I have powers to set it on foot) an enquiry into his conduct. The same with respect to the Governor of that Territory. Such remissness in those Gentlemen4 not only reflects upon the common rules of propriety; but must5 implicate me, in the shamefulness of their conduct, in suffering it.
I hope the account brought by the Captain from Lisbon, had no better6 foundation than that suggested in your Letter; for I should be sorry to receive a confirmation of it. It was prudent, however, to guard against an event which might have proved unfortunate in case of the capture of the Packet. With esteem & regard, I am Dr. Sir, Your very hble Servant
RC (DLC); in the hand of Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., signed by Washington; at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson Esqr. Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 9 Apr. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Dft (DNA: RG 59, MLR); in Washington’s hand, except for complimentary close and signature in Dandridge’s hand; the most important emendations are noted below; endorsed by Dandridge. FC (Lb in same, SDC).
1. Preceding four words interlined in Dft in place of “I received.”
2. Preceding two words interlined in Dft.
3. Preceding four words interlined in Dft.
4. Preceding four words interlined in Dft in place of “conduct.”
5. Here in Dft “inevitable” is canceled.
6. Word interlined in Dft in place of “other.”