III. George Washington to Thomas Jefferson
[5 June 1793]
The Secretary of the Treasury left the enclosed to day (without my seeing him) and is to call to morrow morning to know how it is approved, or what alterations to make.
Whether to assign, or not to assign reasons for non-complying with the French Ministers proposals is one question—and the footing on which to decline doing it another. I wish you to consider these and if it is not convenient for you to take Breakfast with me at half past Seven tomorrow—to send in the Report, with your sentiments thereon by that time. I sent to your Office for this purpose to day but you had just left the City. Yours always
RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 87: 15076); undated; addressed: “Mr: Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 5 June 1793 and so dated conjecturally. Entry in SJPL under 5 June 1793: “G.W. to Th:J. with a report of A.H’s on paimts to France.” For conflicting evidence as to the date, see Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 163. Enclosure: Document iv below.