George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Charles Thomson, 24 April 1789

From Charles Thomson

New York April 24. 1789


I intended to have waited upon you in person and submited to your inspection the enclosed report which I have prepared to send to the Senate but by the interruption of visits I was not able to finish it until it was your time of receiving visits. I meant to have submitted to your consideration whither the words “however that” in the answer with which you were pleased to honor me might not be omitted.1

If your Excellency should see any part of the report which is exceptionable or which you would wish altered & will permit me to visit you privately I will wait upon you at any time you will be pleased to fix.

In the mean time hoping your Excellency is recovered from the fatigues of your journey I have the honor to be with the most sincere Esteem and respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient and Most humble Servt

Chas Thomson

ALS, DNA:PCC, item 49.

1Thomson is referring to a phrase in GW’s reply to Thomson’s address of 14 April. See Address to Charles Thomson, 14 April 1789, n.8. On 24 April Thomson submitted to the Senate a report on his trip to Mount Vernon, including both his address and GW’s reply. In this account the wording is changed as Thomson suggested (ASP, Miscellaneous, description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends 1:5–6; De Pauw, Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, description begins Linda Grant De Pauw et al., eds. Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. 20 vols. to date. Baltimore, 1972—. description ends 1:26).

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