Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Edmund Randolph, with Jefferson’s Note, [23 July 1793]

To Edmund Randolph, with Jefferson’s Note

[23 July 1793]

Th: Jefferson to E.R.

I inclose you a letter of Genet’s of July 9. and the draught of an answer to it, which is approved by the other gentlemen but we wish your sentiments on it, and as soon as possible as it is pressing.—The other of June 22. is only under deliberation, and sent to you for your information and consideration against we meet again.

[Note by TJ:]

July 23. 93.

E.R. returned this note and the two answers. On that to the letter of June 22. he had indorsed with a pencil ‘In all respects tenable and accurate.’ Which was meant however for the other.

RC (DLC); undated; with note by TJ at foot of text. Recorded in SJPL between 23 and 25 July 1793. Enclosures: (1) Edmond Charles Genet’s third letter to TJ, 9 July 1793. (2) Drafts of TJ to Genet, [ca. 16] and 24 July 1793.

Although he did not date the note itself, TJ clearly wrote it and received it back on 23 July 1793, the same day the President and the Cabinet met and considered the two enclosed letters to the French minister, a meeting from which Randolph was called away to attend to other business (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 206; Notes of Cabinet Meeting on Edmond Charles Genet, 23 July 1793).

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