George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 24 August 1793

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] 24 August 1793

Thomas Jefferson with his respects to the President incloses a draught of the clause for the letter to Mr Morris for his consideration.1

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

1The enclosure was Jefferson’s undated draft of the second paragraph of his 23 Aug. letter to Gouverneur Morris, the U.S. minister to France. This draft is titled “clause proposed for the letter of Aug. 23 to mister Morris, the principal letter is proposed to be dated Aug. 16 the date of the latest document,” and it contains a marginal note by Alexander Hamilton that reads “approved A. Hamilton,” and one by Henry Knox that reads “Approved H. Knox” (DLC: Jefferson Papers). This paragraph concerns the administration’s decision regarding a French proposal for a new commercial treaty with the United States (see Cabinet Opinion, 23 Aug. 1793, and note 4). For the final version of Jefferson’s letter to Morris, 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 , 26:747–48. On Jefferson’s letter to Morris of 16 Aug., see Cabinet Opinion, 23 Aug. 1793, and note 2.

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