George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 13 April 1791

To Thomas Jefferson

Richmond [Va.] April 13th 1791

Dear Sir,

Your letter of the 2d came to my hands at this place. Part of it did as you supposed, & might well suppose, astonished me exceedingly.

I think it not only right that Mr Carmichael should be furnished with a copy of the genuine letters to Mr G. Morris, but that Mr [Morris]1 should also know the result of his conferences with the Duke of Leeds at the Court of Madrid. The contents of my official letters to him you are acquainted with—my private ones were few, and nothing in either of them relative to England or Spain; how it comes to pass therefore that such interpretations as the extracts recite, should be given, he best can account for.

Being hurried, I shall only add that I shall proceed on my journey to morrow, & from good information have a dreary one before me in some parts thereof.2 Yrs sincerely

Go: Washington

P.S. The footing upon which you have placed Mr Carmichael is good.


ALS, DLC: Thomas Jefferson Papers; LB, DLC:GW.

1“Morris” is supplied from the letter-book copy.

2For GW’s departure from Richmond early on 14 April, see Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 6:111–12.

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