George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Gouverneur Morris, 13 June 1793

To Gouverneur Morris

Philadelphia June 13th 1793.

My dear sir,

I have before me your letters of the 28th of December 1792.—6th &10th of Jany & 14th of Feby 1793. To do any thing more at present than acknowledge the receipt of these letters, and thank you most cordially for the information—& opinions contained in them is out my power (especially as notice of the opportunity is short);1 for you will readily believe, my dear Sir, that, what with the current affairs of Government, the unpleasant aspect of matters on our Indian frontier, and the monumentous occurrences in Europe⟨,⟩ I am not only pressed with the quantity of business; but that the notice of a great part of it is peculiarly delicate and embarrassing.

Mr Jefferson will improve the present opportunity to give you full information respecting our public affairs.2 And I shall take the advantage of it to send to your care the enclosed packet for Madam de la Fayette, which contains duplicates of letters which I have written in answer to her’s—and which I will thank you to convey to her by as safe an opportunity as can be met with—and even if that opportunity should be a late one, it would be better than to trust it to an uncertain conveyance.3 With sentiments of sincere regard and esteem I am—My dear Sir Your Affecte and obedient Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, UkOxU; Df, in Tobias Lear’s writing, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW.

1GW inserted this parenthetical phrase on the draft. The impending departure for Europe of William Jackson provided the opportunity to send this letter (Certificate for William Jackson, 12 June 1793).

2On Thomas Jefferson’s two letters to Morris of 13 June 1793, see Tobias Lear to Thomas Jefferson, 13 June (second letter), and notes, and Jefferson to GW, 13 June (second letter), and note 1.

3For the enclosed packet, see GW to Marquise de Lafayette, 13 June 1793.

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