Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Edmond Charles Genet, 19 June 1793

To Edmond Charles Genet

Philadelphia June 19. 1793.


According to the desire expressed in your letter of the 14th. instant, the President will give the instructions necessary for the settlement of the instalments of principal and interest still due from the US. to France. This is an act equally just and desireable for both parties: and though it had not been imagined that the materials for doing it were to be had here at this moment, yet we shall be pleased to find that they may. In the mean time, what is further to be done, will doubtless be the subject of further reflection and enquiry with you: and particularly the operation proposed in your letter will be viewed under all it’s aspects. Among these we think it will present itself as a measure too questionable both in principle and practicability, too deeply interesting to the credit of the US. and too unpromising in it’s result to France, to be found eligible to yourself. Finally we rest secure that what is of mutual concern, will not be done but with mutual concert. I have the honor to be with great respect & esteem, Sir, Your most obedient & most humble servt.

Th: Jefferson

RC (AMAE: CPEU, Supplément, xx); at foot of text: “The Minister Plen. of France.” PrC (DLC). PrC of Tr (DLC); in a clerk’s hand. Tr (NNC: Gouverneur Morris Papers). Tr (DNA: RG 46, Senate Records, 3d Cong., 1st sess.). PrC (PRO: FO 97/1). FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DL). Tr (AMAE: CPEU, xxxviii); in French. Tr (DLC: Genet Papers); in French; draft translation of preceding Tr with one revision by Genet. Recorded in SJPL. Printed in Message description begins A Message of the President of the United States to Congress Relative to France and Great-Britain. Delivered December 5, 1793. With the Papers therein Referred to. To Which Are Added the French Originals. Published by Order of the House of Representatives, Philadelphia, 1793 description ends , 36. Enclosed in TJ to Alexander Hamilton and Henry Knox, 19 June 1793, and TJ to Gouverneur Morris, 16 Aug. 1793.

TJ first secured approval for this letter from the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of War—the only other Cabinet members in Philadelphia at this time—before submitting it to the President this day (TJ to Hamilton and Knox, 19 June 1793; Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 183).

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