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To Alexander Hamilton from Edmund Randolph, [17 April 1794]

From Edmund Randolph

[Philadelphia, April 17, 1794]

The Secretary of State has the honor of informing the Secretary of the Treasury, that the President of the United States grants a passport to the Spanish Vessel, to which the inclosed papers relate, she being Parlamentario; and that the Spanish Commissioners are informed, that upon application to the Secretary of the Treasury, they will receive the Passport.1

LC, RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department of State, Vol. 6, January 2–June 26, 1794, National Archives.

1The letter from Randolph to Josef de Jaudenes and Josef de Viar, dated April 17, 1794, may be found in RG 59, Domestic Letters of the Department of State, Vol. 6, January 2–June 26, 1794, National Archives.

On April 18, 1794, the President signed a passport for the Spanish vessel Nuestra Senora del Carmen “to proceed in ballast from Philada. to the Havanna” (JPP description begins “Journal of the Proceedings of the President,” George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 288). The vessel was presumably carrying the special courier who arrived in Madrid early in July with dispatches from Viar and Jaudenes concerning developments in Anglo-American relations and requesting instructions (Samuel Flagg Bemis, Pinckney’s Treaty: America’s Advantage from Europe’s Distress, 1783–1800 [Reprinted: New Haven, 1960], 201–02).

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