George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 13 August 1792

From Thomas Jefferson

Monticello [Va.] 13 Aug. 1792. Sends “the inclosed letters which the tardy movement of the Post did not bring to him till yesterday evening, a day later than he should have arrived.”1

AL, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; AL (letterpress copy), DLC: Jefferson Papers; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State; LB (photocopy), DLC:GW. The cover of this letter is postmarked: “RICHMOND Aug. 16.”

1The enclosures may have included the letters from Willink, Van Staphorst & Hubbard to Jefferson of 30 May, from F. C. A. Delamotte to Jefferson of 5 June, and from David Humphreys to Jefferson of 17 and 20 June, all of which Jefferson recorded in his Summary Journal of Public Letters as having been received on 12 Aug. 1792 (DLC: Jefferson Papers). For the text of the letter from Willink, Van Staphorst & Hubbard to Jefferson and abstracts of the others, 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 23:616, 24:34–35, 90, 102–3. GW returned the letters to Jefferson without comment on 23 August.

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