George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Clinton, 22 June 1793

From George Clinton

New York 22d June 1793.


I have the Honor to transmit (inclosed) a Letter addressed to me by the Consul of the French Republic at this Place dated the 18th Instant, remonstrating against the Continuance in this Harbour of the Brig Swallow a British Letter of Marque, as inconsistent with the Treaty subsisting between the United States and his Nation.1 I also inclose for your Excellency’s Information on this Subject a Copy of the Report made to me of the Arrival of the said Brig,2 and am with the highest Respect Your Most Obedient Servant

Geo: Clinton

ALS, DLC: Jefferson Papers; LB, N-Ar: Papers of George Clinton.

1In his letter to Clinton of 18 June 1793, Alexandre Maurice d’Hauterive protested that the British privateer Swallow was not a distressed vessel as claimed, and therefore it was not entitled to stay in an American port under the terms of Articles 17 and 22 of the 1778 Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the United States and France (DLC: Jefferson Papers; see also Miller, Treaties description begins Hunter Miller, ed. Treaties and Other International Acts of the United States of America. Vol. 2, 1776-1818. Washington, D.C., 1931. description ends , 3–34).

2According to the copy of New York City merchant Theophylact Bache’s letter to Clinton of 23 May 1793, the Swallow was commanded by Ambrose Lyon and had “Eight Carriage Guns and navigated with twenty two Men” (DLC: Jefferson Papers). GW received Clinton’s letter on 30 June 1793 while at Mount Vernon (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 189). He then sent this letter and its enclosures with his letter to Thomas Jefferson of 30 June 1793.

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