George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 3 July 1792

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] 3 July 1792. Submits “the translation of a letter from Messrs Viar & Jaudenes, with the draught of an answer he proposes to them, & a letter to the Governor of Georgia. he incloses also a translation of the papers which accompanied the letter he received.”1

AL, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State; LB (photocopy), DLC:GW.

1For Josef Ignacio de Viar and José de Jaudenes y Nebot’s letter to Jefferson of 26 June and its enclosures, see 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 24:129–31. On 3 July, Jefferson wrote Viar and Jaudenes to inform them that he had forwarded their message “on the subject of the robbery [of five Negro slaves] supposed to have been committed within the territory of Florida by three citizens of the state of Georgia” to GW and “that due enquiry shall be immediately made into the transaction, and that every thing shall be done on the part of this government which right shall require, and the laws authorise” (ibid., 156). On this date Jefferson also sent Gov. Edward Telfair of Georgia a copy of Viar and Jaudenes’s letter and wrote that he was “persuaded that nothing will be wanting on your part to satisfy the just expectations of the government of Florida on the present occasion” (ibid., 155–56). Edward Telfair (c.1735–1807) held a variety of state and local offices before and during the Revolutionary War. He served as a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1778 and 1780–82, supported the ratification of the Constitution, and served as governor of Georgia in 1786 and 1790–93.

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