Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Mifflin, 7 July 1793

From Thomas Mifflin

Phil: 7 July 1793.


In consequence of the request contained in a letter from the Secretary at War, I instituted an enquiry, respecting the equipment of the Little Sarah, as an armed vessel, in this Port; and as she will probably sail this day, I am anxious to receive a communication from the officers of the Federal Government on the Subject. I have dispatched a messenger to Genl. Knox, requesting an interview; and I have inclosed the Report of the Master Warden, which you will be pleased to return. I am, with great esteem, Sir, Yr. most obedt Serv.

Tho Mifflin

RC (DLC: Henry A. Willard Collection); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Mifflin; at foot of text: “To Thomas Jefferson Esqr Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 7 July 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in first Memorandum to George Washington, [11 July 1793], and Tobias Lear to TJ, 15 July 1793.

For the letter from the Secretary of War that prompted the report enclosed by Mifflin, see Notes of Cabinet Meeting and Conversations with Edmond Charles Genet, 5 July 1793. The case of the Little Sarah and the context of the report are discussed in Cabinet Opinions on the Little Sarah, 8 July 1793, and note.

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