To Joseph Harper & Company
Mount Vernon. Septembr 27. 1793.
Your Letter of the 10th instant enclosing a Memorial dated the 9th, never came to my hands until yesterday.
I shall transmit both to the Secretary of State, to whom it would have been more regular for you to have applied in the first instance.1
The proofs will be necessary for his inspection & information (if the matter has not been acted upon by the American Minister at Paris) that he may be enabled to report the case fully for my consideration.
LS (photocopy), Swann Galleries, Autographs: Americana, artists, entertainers, scientists, industrialists, politicians, explorers, signers, etc. . . . , 8 June 2000, item 143; LB, DLC:GW; Copy, DNA: RG 76, International Claims: France.
1. GW’s letter to Thomas Jefferson of this date reads, “The enclosed Letter & Memorial came to my hands yesterday, to which I returned an answer of which the enclosed is a copy” (LS, DNA: RG 76, International Claims: France; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State). Jefferson responded to GW on 9 October.