From Edmund Randolph
Philadelphia March 30. 1794.
The application for the passport to St Domingo is made by the Refugees themselves. It was in French, and could not be immediately translated; or it would have been sent.1
Inclosed is another application of the same kind from Mr Hammond.2 I have the honor, sir, to be with the highest respect Yr Mo. ob. serv.
ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State.
2. In his letter to Randolph of 29 March, British minister George Hammond wrote: “at the moment it is necessary for me to have an immediate communication with my Court.” Therefore, he asked Randolph to procure from GW a passport “for a vessel which I intend to engage, for the sole purpose of conveying to Halifax [Nova Scotia] a messenger, who will be charged with my dispatches (DNA: RG 59, Notes from the British Legation). Randolph replied to Hammond on 31 March that GW had granted the passport “for an advice boat to Halifax” (DNA: RG 59, Domestic Letters).