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To George Washington from Timothy Pickering, 30 September 1795

From Timothy Pickering

Department of State Sept. 30. 1795.

Sir,

Two vessels are to sail for England this week—one, as intended, to-morrow, and one on Thursday: by each a set of the dispatches for Mr Pinckney will be forwarded.1

Supposing that the Chevalier de Freire would be apprized of opportunities for Lisbon, I applied to him. Such direct conveyances rarely occur: He generally sends his letters to the care of his correspondent at Falmouth. I expressed to him your solicitude to get some dispatches to Mr Pinckney: upon which he kindly undertook to convey them with his own to his correspondent in Falmouth, to be forwarded to Lisbon, where he recommends them to the particular care of his court, to be forwarded by the earliest safe conveyance to Mr Pinckney. Besides a regular post, he says expresses are sent almost weekly from one court to the other. I have the honour to be with the greatest respect sir, your obt servt

Timothy Pickering

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

1Pickering referred to the dispatches that included his letter to Thomas Pinckney of 23 Sept. (see Pickering to GW, 23 Sept., n.4). In 1795, 1 Oct. (“tomorrow”) fell on a Thursday, so if Pickering did not state the day incorrectly, he may have meant that the second vessel would sail on 8 October.

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