To Thomas Jefferson
Mount Vernon, May 21st 1792.
I have had the pleasure to receive your letter of the 16t[h] inst. I sincerely hope that the intelligence which has been communicated to you of a War between France and Spain being inevitable, is not founded in truth.1
It is my intention to commence my Journey to Philadelphia on Thursday next.2 I shall stop in George Town one day, and proceed on from thence without further delay, unless my horses should require rest, some of which got foundered and lame on the journey to this place. With very sincere regard, I am, Dear Sir, Your affecte & Obedt Servt
LS, in Tobias Lear’s hand, DLC: Jefferson Papers; Df, in Lear’s hand, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State; LB (photocopy), DLC:GW. Jefferson’s docket indicates that this letter was received on 24 May.
1. Earlier this month William Vans Murray had sent Jefferson intelligence that he had received from the N.Y. merchant William Green of a coming conflict between France and Spain (see Murray to Jefferson, 9 May, Jefferson Papers, description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950—. description ends 23:488–89).
2. GW is referring to Thursday, 24 May.