George Washington Papers

Enclosure III: Edmund Randolph to Christopher Gore, 23 June 1794

Enclosure III

Edmund Randolph to Christopher Gore

Philadelphia June 23. 1794.


I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter, giving information of the dismission of the prosecution against Mr Juteau.1 Mr Fauchet, however, is exceedingly dissatisfied with the manner in which this business was conducted. He says, that he would have preferred, that the trial should go on, to the compulsion of Mr Juteau to appear at the bar. It is very certain, that the wish of the President was to obliterate the affair without any irritation. But as foreigners are very apt to mistake the style of proceeding in our courts; and something must have been grossly misunderstood, or misrepresented, to have produced so much sensibility, as he has discovered on the occasion; I must request you, to inform me, on the return of the mail, what the true state of the affair is; and particularly, whether the carrying of Mr Juteau to the bar was or was not an indispensable form, according the course of your practice.2 I have the honor, sir, to be with great respect and esteem yr mo. ob. serv.

Edm: Randolph

Copy, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters. This document is certified as a "True copy" by State Department clerk George Taylor, Jr.

1This letter has not been identified.

2Gore responded in a letter to Randolph of 30 June, which has not been identified. Randolph, however, wrote Gore on 19 Sept. that GW "did not disapprove" his conduct as described in the June letter (DNA: RG 59, Domestic Letters). Randolph sent Fauchet a copy of Gore’s letter on 10 July (DNA: RG 59, Domestic Letters).

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