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To Thomas Jefferson from David Humphreys, 15 August 1793

From David Humphreys

Lisbon, 15 Aug. 1793. Expecting no other opportunity to occur for some time, he forwards the gazettes. Although this is the campaign season, he has nothing remarkable to communicate. No packet has arrived since his last letter, he has heard nothing of Captain Cutting, and the Moorish princesses have sailed for Tangier under convoy of a warship. The Portuguese troops mentioned in his 20 July letter are slowly preparing to go to Spain with no fixed time for embarkation. The Spanish have certainly received a considerable check, though Short does not mention it in his 6 Aug. letter just received. The vessel carrying this letter is about to descend to Belem, but if a packet or anything important arrives before the ship ultimately departs he will forward it by boat to the captain.

RC (DNA: RG 59, DD); 2 p.; at head of text: “(No. 78.)”; at foot of text: “The Secretary of State &c. &c. &c.”; endorsed by TJ as received 24 Oct. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Tr (Lb in same).

TJ submitted this letter to the President on 2 Nov. 1793, and Washington returned it the same day, noting that it contained “Nothing of importance” (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 243).

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