George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 7 May 1793

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] May 7. 93

Th: Jefferson presents his respects to the President and incloses the draught of a letter to mister Pinckney in answer to one lately received from him. as Colo. Hamilton, the Attorney General & Th: J. had a meeting on another subject, Th: J. took the liberty of consulting them on it, and has altered it agreeably to their minds.1

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

1On this date GW approved the enclosed letter, which was a reply to Thomas Pinckney’s letter to Jefferson of 13 Mar. 1793. Both letters concerned American shipping rights as a neutral nation, a topic under discussion by the cabinet on 5 May when Jefferson received Pinckney’s letter (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 129; 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 25:375–78, 674–76; Neutrality Proclamation, 22 April, and Jefferson’s Notes, 6–12 May).

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