George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 3 November 1792

To Thomas Jefferson

Philadelphia Novr 3d 1792.

Dear Sir,

Your letter to Messrs Carmichael and Short (now returned) is full & proper. I have added a word or two with A pencil, which may be inserted or not as you shall think best.1 The intention of them is to do away the charge of Sovereignty over more than are within our own territory.2

The erazures from the Speech—as you advise—are made, except exchange the word “high” for “just” If facts will justify the former (as I think they indubitably do) policy, I conceive, is much in its favor: For while so many unpleasant things are announced as the Speech contains, it cannot be amiss to accompany them with communications of a more agreeable nature.3 I am always—Yours

Go: Washington

ALS, DLC: Jefferson Papers; ADfS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW.

1Jefferson had enclosed a draft of his letter to William Carmichael and William Short in a brief cover letter to GW of this date (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters). For Jefferson’s final version, also dated 3 Nov. and including a revision made at GW’s suggestion, 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 24:565–67, and note 2.

2Both the draft and letter-book versions of this letter include the word “assumed” before “Sovereignty” and the words “of the Creeks” after “more.”

3For Jefferson’s suggested changes to a draft of GW’s message to Congress, see his letter to GW of 1 November. For the final version, see GW’s Address to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 6 Nov. 1792.

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