George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 26 August 1794

From Edmund Randolph

Philadelphia August 26. 1794 ½ past one o’clock.


I have not seen Mr Fauchet, and cannot ascertain, whether he has gone on to German Town or not. But finding that I should be obliged to return to Phila. tonight, and that my eyes are extremely uneasy and inflamed from the ride this morning, I must beg your excuse for not returning to dinner. I would however go back, if I did not know, that Colo. Hamilton will act as the interpreter to Mr Fauchet, if he has not yet collected a sufficient stock of English.

I do myself the honor of inclosing the papers and letters by the mails of to-day. I have received a letter from Colo. S. Smith of Baltimore which I will lay before you in the morning.1 He considers the militia-law of Maryland, as insufficient for the purpose of drawing forth the quota, required from that state; and expresses himself with great strength against shedding blood, if it can be in any manner avoided. I have the honor, sir, to be with great respect yr mo. ob. serv.

Edm: Randolph.

P.S. Since writing the above Mr Fauchet has informed me of his intention to go out.

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

1Samuel Smith’s letter to Randolph of 22 Aug. is in DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.

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