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From Thomas Jefferson to George Hammond, 24 August 1793

To George Hammond

Aug. 24. 1793.

Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to Mr. Hammond and incloses him a copy of a commission of a Mr. Moore to be Vice-Consul of Gr. Britain for the state of Rhode-island, on which an Exequatur is asked. As it has been our practice hitherto, where there is a Minister from the same nation, to issue Exequaturs only on his authentication of the Commission, Th: Jefferson takes the liberty of asking it in the present case.

PrC (DLC). FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DL). Enclosure: Commission to Thomas William Moore as British vice-consul in Rhode Island, issued by Thomas MacDonogh, British consul for New Englandin Boston, 8 May 1793 (Tr in DNA: RG 360, PCC).

The President signed an exequatur recognizing Moore’s vice-consular commission on 7 Dec. 1793 (Exequatur for Moore, 5 Dec. 1793, FC in DNA: RG 59, Exequaturs, with TJ as countersignatory). See also Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 264.

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