George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 4 August 1793

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] Sunday Aug. 4. 93.

Th: Jefferson presents his respects to the President and will pay due attention to his letter of this day. the question of convening the legislature was considered and as our opinions differed, we agreed to give them seperately which will be done tomorrow.1 we are to meet at 10. oclock tomorrow to apply the rules, now approved by the President, to the several memorials & complaints as yet undecided, the result of which will be submitted to the President.2


1For GW’s proposal to convene a special session of Congress, see GW to Cabinet, 3 Aug., and to Jefferson, 4 Aug. 1793 (first letter). According to Jefferson’s Notes on the cabinet meeting of 3 August, the members were unable to agree on this proposal (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 , 26:607–8). For Jefferson’s written opinion, see his second letter to GW of this date. For the opinions of the other cabinet members, see the 5 Aug. letters to GW of Alexander Hamilton, Henry Knox (first letter), and Edmund Randolph.

2For the eight rules approved by GW, see the Cabinet Opinion on the Rules of Neutrality of 3 August. For the application of these rules to specific cases, see Cabinet Opinion, 5 Aug. 1793.

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