George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Timothy Pickering, 9 June 1796

Philadelphia 9th June 1796


The Instructions for Mr King, herewith returned, appear to me to be proper. To them, however, I think might be added a desire that he should attempt to remove any doubts which may arise in the construction of them.

Article relative to our Trade, the East Indies; and to get relieved if it be practicable from the restrictions on our Vessels going from thence with their Cargoes to China.

I shall not impede the forwarding the other Instructions to the Accooutant, for the British Spoliations—as they are now drawn. At the sametime I cannot forbear observing that I think £500 Sterling would have been ample compensation for such a character.

1st Because no such Officer was conceived necessary by the Negociators of the Treaty; nor provided for in the estimate to Congress.

2d Because among other inducements to the appointment of Mr Gore—his supposed knowledge of Commerce was one (a legal & Commercial character being deemed necessary for the purposes of the Commission)—Why then it may be asked, seek for the latter character in an Accountant of New Creation uncontemplated by the Treaty? and this question more than probable will be accompanied with the charge of favouritism to the wishes of the person designated and his friends—and.

4th Because our Secretaries of Legation are not allowed half what is proposed to be given as compensation to this Accountant.

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