George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 31 December 1793

To Thomas Jefferson

31st Decr 1793.

Dear Sir

It is my wish that the result of the determination on Mr G—ts request may go to him with your Signature, and of this date.1 It was for this reason I aimed at a decision on it Sunday or yesterday.2 Yours always

Go: Washington

ALS, owned (1984) by Edward N. Bomsey, Springfield, Virginia.

1GW was referring to Edmond Genet’s letter to Jefferson of 20 Dec., in which he asked that GW transmit to Congress translations of Genet’s instructions from the French government (see Jefferson to GW, 28 Dec., and n.1). In Jefferson’s letter to Genet of 31 Dec., he returned the instructions and informed Genet “that your functions as the missionary of a foreign nation here, are confined to the transaction of the affairs of your nation with the Executive of the United States, that the communications, which are to pass between the Executive and Legislative branches, cannot be a subject for your interference” (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 , 27:649).

2The previous Sunday was 29 December.

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