George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 18 May 1794

From Henry Knox

18 May 1794


In pursuance of the desire of the Secretary of State, I have the honor to submit to your consideration the following names, out of which it might be proper to nominate a character as Minister to the republic of France.1

Mr Pinckney provided he should not be deemed essential to Mr Jays negociations, and also provided, it should be judged the measure would not be disagreable to him. But in either case

Colonel Humphreys.2 I beleive he has in no wise indicated opinions unfavorable to the french revolution—but on the contrary.

If however it should be judged indispensible to send a person immediately from the United States then one of the following characters

Mr Jefferson } the most suitable if attainable
Mr Madison
Governor Henry Lee
Governor Sims Lee
William Bingham
John Rutledge
Edward Rutledge
Charles Thomson
Elbridge Gerry

I have the honor to be respectfully your most obedient Servant

H. Knox

ALS, DLC:GW; ADfS, NNGL: Knox Papers.

1On the draft, Knox first wrote: "The secretary of state having desired me in your name to transmit such names as occur to me suitable for to be nominated Minister to France. <illegible> & to submit the following." Knox then struck the entire paragraph and wrote on a separate page a new paragraph very similar to what appears in the ALS.

2On the draft, before making deletions, Knox had written: "But in either case I should think Colonel Humphreys might be considered as a proper appointment to France." For the ALS he made further deletions and broke the sentence to begin a line with "Colonel Humphreys."

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