George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 15 March 1793

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] Mar. 15. 1793.

Th: Jefferson with his respects to the President, sends him the draught of a letter to Madame de la Fayette,1 as also the draught of a letter to mister Morris. if this be approved, he proposes to write a like one to mister Pinckney.2

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.

1For Jefferson’s enclosed draft, see GW to the Marquise de Lafayette, 16 Mar. 1793. GW requested this draft in his second letter to Jefferson of 13 March. For Lafayette’s imprisonment, see Marquise de Lafayette to GW, 12 Mar., and notes 3, 7.

2Later on this date Tobias Lear wrote Jefferson, “The President approves of the enclosed draft of a letter to Mr Morris—and wishes to know if there is any opportunity of sending it directly, as he thinks it would be best for him to send the one for Mad[am]e le fayette, to Mr Morris at the same time, knowing that she is in France” (DLC: Jefferson Papers). Jefferson wrote at the bottom of the page that “this was the letter of Mar. 15. 93.” In his letter to Gouverneur Morris and Thomas Pinckney of 15 Mar., Jefferson wrote that “the President has seen with satisfaction that the Ministers of the United States in Europe, while they have avoided an useless commitment of their Nation on the subject of M. de la Fayette, have nevertheless shewn themselves attentive to the situation. The interest which the President himself, and our Citizens in general take in the welfare of this gentleman, is great and sincere, and will entirely justify all prudent efforts to serve him” (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; see also 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 25:387–89).

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