To Edmund Randolph
Apr. 17. 1793.
Th: J. to E.R.
On the information received from Crosby, and which I directed him to communicate to you, I have prepared the inclosed letter to him according to the President’s instructions. If you approve of it, be so good as to send it on to him. But if you are not satisfied that you can set some effectual process on foot, it would be better to hold it up till the President’s return, that he may not be uselessly committed. I am not certain whether I can come to town to-day. If I do, I will see you; if not, then tomorrow.
PrC (DLC). Tr (DLC); 19th-century copy. Enclosure: TJ to George Turner, 17 Apr. 1793.
Sampson crosby was a factotum in the Department of State, but the letter to him was in fact TJ’s letter of this date to George Turner, the federal judge whose prolonged absence from the Northwest Territory had recently become a matter of serious concern to TJ and the President. The president’s instructions on this matter were given in Washington to TJ, 5 Apr. 1793.