Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Hammond, 23 December 1793

From George Hammond

Philadelphia 23d December 1793


In consequence of our conversation of this morning, I have made the necessary enquiries relative to the Sloop Hope of Antigua Captain William John Richardson, and I learn that that vessel was captured, on her passage from St. Bartholomews to Norfolk, near the capes of Virginia, on the 10th. day of August last by the privateer le Citoyen Genet—was sent into this port, where she arrived on the 14th. of the same month—and on the 20th. of August was restored to her master in consequence of the orders of this government.

As this vessel appears to be strictly within the description of those, whose losses, by waste, spoliation or detention, are to be ascertained in the mode prescribed by your letter to me of the 5th. of September, I flatter myself, Sir, that you will be pleased to give the proper directions for this purpose, with as little delay as may be convenient, since it is probable that the navigation of the Delaware may shortly be closed, and the detention of this vessel, which has so long subsisted, be protracted by this circumstance to a still more distant period. I have the honor to be, with great respect, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant

Geo. Hammond

RC (DNA: RG 59, NL); at foot of text: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 24 Dec. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in PRO: FO 116/3). Tr (Lb in DNA: RG 59, NL).

In accordance with the terms of a 1790 act of Congress, Hammond on 9 Dec. 1793

had made out for TJ a list of his household servants for registry with the United States marshal for Pennsylvania (MS in DNA: RG 59, NL; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Hammond; signed and docketed by TJ as received 10 Dec. 1793; endorsed by George Taylor, Jr.). TJ forwarded a copy of this list to the marshal on 10 Dec. 1793 with his subjoined certification that Hammond’s servants were registered as required by law (PrC of Tr in same, MLR; in Benjamin Bankson’s hand, unsigned; endorsed by Taylor: “Certificate—Servants of Mr Hammond sent to Marshal of Pennlva 10 Decr. 1793”). For the antecedents, see note to Edmund Randolph to TJ, 26 June 1792.

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