George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 8 May 1794

From Edmund Randolph

Trenton [N.J.] Thursday morning. May 8. 1794.


We were so late in getting here last night, that I had not an opportunity of putting this letter into the mail. However, it is not of consequence enough to regret; as it only contains the message for the letter of Governor Fenner, Mr Pinckney’s memorial, and my answer.1

"To the two houses

"Having forwarded to you on the 15 day of April last the copy of a letter from the Minister Plenipotentiary of his Britannic majesty to the Secretary of State in answer to a memorial of our minister in London, I now transmit the copy of a reply from the Secretary of State.

"I also send the copy of an act of the legislature of Rhode Island; together with the copy of a letter from the governor thereof, relative to a cession of certain lands."2

Mr Taylor is directed to wait upon you, with the above papers.

Hoping, that your present impediment in hearing will prove, as I believe, merely temporary, I have the honor, sir, to be with affectionate attachment and respect yr mo. ob. serv.

Edm: Randolph

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State.

1For Arthur Fenner’s letter to Randolph of 25 April, Thomas Pinckney’s memorial to the British government on the grain trade, and Randolph’s reply of 1 May to British minister George Hammond’s letter about Pinckney’s memorial, see GW to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 12 May, notes 2 and 3.

2GW sent his message on the subjects discussed in the preceding text to Congress on 12 May.

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