George Washington Papers

Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to Thomas Jefferson, 22 July 1793

Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to Thomas Jefferson

United States 22d July 1793

The President of the U. States requests the attendance of the Secretary of State at his House, tomorrow morning at Nine o’Clock.1

AL, DLC: Jefferson Papers. Jefferson’s docket indicates that he received this letter on 22 July.

1According to Jefferson’s private notes on the cabinet meeting of 23 July, the topics discussed included payment of the French debt, problems caused by French and British privateers, and scurrilous charges against Alexander Hamilton and Henry Knox by a “Correspondent” in the 20 July issue of the General Advertiser (Philadelphia). In considering the behavior of Edmond Genet, the French minister to the United States, GW “mentioned that we must shortly determine what was to be done with Mr. Genet, that in his own opinion his whole correspondence should be sent to G[ouverneur] Morr[is] with a temperate but strong representation of his conduct, drawing a clear line between him and his nation, expressing our friendship to the latter, but insisting on the recall of Genet, and in the mean time that we should desire him either to withdraw or cease his functions. … The President also desired us to reflect on the question of calling Congress” to meet in a special session to consider the problems created for the United States by the war in Europe (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 , 26:553–56). On this meeting, see also JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 206.

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