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From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 22 December 1793

To George Washington

Dec. 22. 1793.

Th: Jefferson has the honor to return to the President Govr. Clinton’s letter. Also to send him a statement of Mr. Genet’s conversation with him in which he mentioned Gouvernr. Morris. This paper Th:J. prepared several days ago, but it got mislaid which prevented it’s being sent to the President.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); addressed: “The President of the US.”; endorsed by Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr. Tr (Lb in same, SDC). Not recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) George Clinton to Washington, New York, 19 Dec. 1793, enclosing duplicates of Charles Williamson’s letter to him of 26 Nov. 1793 and the affidavit of George Rankin, even though Williamson states that he has transmitted the latter to TJ; soliciting redress from the United States for the injury New York sustains from the British-held military posts, which he fears might provoke a retaliation by New Yorkers that he would not be able to prevent and that might have grave national consequences; calling attention to the state’s exposed frontiers, the west having Indians engaged in hostilities against the United States, with the only immediate security being the friendly disposition of the Six Nations, in which too much confidence should not be placed, and the north being critically threatened by the accession to the hostile Indian confederacy of the Caughnawauga Indians of Lower Canada, some of whom had reportedly settled under British auspices at Oswegatchie, New York, since 1783, a danger increased by the destitution of the militia in the north on account of their expectation that Congress would supply them with arms; and noting that the situation of the seaboard was not much better, the easily accessible port of New York, on which the public revenues depended so much, having no fortifications to defend it against “the insults of even a single Pirate” (RC in same, MLR; in a clerk’s hand, signed by Clinton; endorsed by Dandridge). (2) Report on Edmond Charles Genet and Gouverneur Morris, 11 Dec. 1793.

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