To George Washington
Aug. 11. 1793.
Th: Jefferson with his respects to the President, begs leave to express in writing more exactly what he meant to have said yesterday. A journey home in the autumn is of a necessity which he cannot controul after the arrangements he has made, and, when there, it would be his extreme wish to remain. But if his continuance in office to the last of December, as intimated by the President, would, by bringing the two appointments nearer together, enable him to marshal them more beneficially to the public, and more to his own satisfaction, either motive will suffice to induce Th:J. to continue till that time. He submits it therefore to the President’s judgment, which he will be glad to receive when convenient, as the arrangements he had taken may require some change.
RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); addressed: “The President of the US.”; endorsed by Tobias Lear. PrC (DLC). PrC of same RC (DLC: Madison Papers). Tr (Lb in DNA: RG 59, SDC). Probably enclosed in TJ to James Madison, 11 Aug. 1793 (second letter).