George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 4 March 1793

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] Mar. 4. 93.

Th: Jefferson, with his respects to the President, incloses him a letter from the Van Staphorsts & Hubbard quieting our apprehensions for the fate of the first dispatches sent to mister Short relative to our negociations with Spain.1 also another letter from mister Thatcher on the subject of the Marshal of Maine.2

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

1The enclosed letter from Dutch bankers Jacob and Nicholas Van Staphorst and Nicholas Hubbard to Jefferson of 29 Nov. 1792 acknowledged receipt of Jefferson’s letter of 16 Oct. 1792 and its enclosed duplicates of Jefferson’s letters to William Short of 18 Mar. 1792 (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 24:493, 676). Short, the U.S. minister to The Hague, had been appointed as a commissioner plenipotentiary to negotiate with Spain for the U.S. right of free navigation on the Mississippi River (GW to U.S. Senate, 11 Jan. 1792). The letters to Short contained his commission and instructions (ibid., 23:296–319). For the failure of the letters dispatched in March 1792 to reach Short, see Jefferson to GW, 14 Oct. 1792, and note 2.

2For the enclosed letter from George Thatcher to John Adams of 14 Feb. 1793, see David Sewall to Tobias Lear, 20 Feb. 1793, and note 2.

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