To George Washington
May 18. 93.
Th: Jefferson has the honor to inform the President that having, from a slight expression of Mr. Genet’s yesterday, doubted whether he did not chuse to wait upon the President separately from Mr. Ternant, he called on the latter yesterday evening, but he was not at home. He called again this morning, and left it to himself and Mr. Genet to come together or separately as they should chuse. Ternant now writes that he will wait on the President precisely a quarter before two, consequently separately from Mr. Genet.
RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); addressed: “The President of the US.”; endorsed by Tobias Lear. Tr (Lb in same, SDC). Not recorded in SJL.
According to SJL, on 17 May 1793 TJ received a letter of the previous day from
Jean Baptiste Ternant pertaining to his recall as French minister to the United States. This missive, not found, was obviously distinct from the letter Ternant Now writes about his meeting with the President, which is not recorded in SJL and has not been found.