George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 26 October 1793

From Edmund Randolph

Spencer’s October 26. 1793.


I had this moment the honor of receiving your letter of the 23d instant by a special messenger from Philadelphia. As he is impatient to return, and I mean to write a duplicate for Elkton, I will trouble you with but a short communication.

At Baltimore and Elkton, two letters of different dates are waiting for your arrival; one written on the 23d, the other on the 25th instant. Since the writing of the last, Colo. Hamilton came hither; and I find, that he concurs in the opinion, which I have given to you in my letter of the 25th that the President cannot constitutionally convene congress, to a different place as yet. But he informed me, that he had explained himself in a letter to you for Baltimore.1

The disorder is supposed to be better in Philadelphia; but in the suburbs, both North and South, it rages with its ancient vehemence. I cannot therefore believe it possible, for the Ensuing session to be held in that city. I shall go over to German Town this afternoon, and will make an arrangement for your temporary accommodation, adapted to the uncertainty of the position, which congress may take, and leaving you still in possession of the right to choose between Franks’s house, and the lodgings near the schoolhouse. Major Lenox, the new marshal, purposes to meet you at Wilmington; and by him I will transmit an account of what I have done. My letter at Elkton compares the different places, which have been named, and mentions a route to German Town; which, however, Major Lenox thinks, that he can improve.2 I have the honor, sir, to be, with the highest respect, and sincere attachment yr mo. ob. serv.

Edm: Randolph


1Randolph evidently was referring to his letters to GW dated 22 and 24 October. Alexander Hamilton’s letter to GW was dated 24 October.

2The suggested route is in Randolph’s letter of 22 Oct., while the comparison of places is in his letter of 24 October.

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