George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 12 June 1793

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] June 12. 1793.

Th: Jefferson has the honor of inclosing to the President the opinion on the two cases of vessels referred to the Heads of the department, and the letter he has prepared in consequence to the Attorney of the district. Genl Knox will wait on him with his letter to the Governor.1 Symmes’s case is to be considered of tomorrow, as it required some enquiry.2

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

1For the enclosed opinion, see Cabinet Opinion on the Polly (Republican) and the Catherine, 12 June 1793, and note 3. For Jefferson’s letter to Richard Harison of 12 June, 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 , 26:261–62. Later this date GW returned the Harison letter with a one-word, undated note that reads, “Approved” (AD, DLC: Jefferson Papers). For Henry Knox’s letter of 12 June to New York governor George Clinton, see Knox to GW, 18 June 1793, n.1.

2On John Cleves Symmes’s land grant in the Northwest Territory, see GW to Cabinet, 12 June 1793, and notes 2, 4.

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