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It appearing to me that the public business will require the Executive Officers to be together some time before the meeting of Congress, I have written to the Secretaries of the Treasury and War to meet me at Philadelphia or vicinity—say Germantown—by the first of November, and should be glad to see you there at the same time. The Attorney General is advised of this also. In a letter from...
The enclosed Letter and Memorial came to my hands yesterday, to which I returned an answer of which the enclosed is a copy. RC ( DNA : RG 76, French Spoliations); in the hand of Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., signed by Washington; at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson Esqr. Secy. of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 9 Oct. 1793 and so recorded in SJL . Dft ( DLC : Washington Papers photostat);...
I will thank you to have made out and forwarded to me a Commission for the Collector of Annapolis, in place of Davidson, leaving the name of the person blank to be filled up by me. You will please to have the U: States seal affixed thereto, and countersigned by you, so that it may be sent directly from me to the person who shall be appointed. With much esteem, I am Sir, Your mo: humble Servt...
I will thank you to have made out and forwarded to me a Commission for the Collector of Annapolis, in place of ——— Davidson, leaving the name of the person blank to be filled up by me. You will please to have the U: States seal affixed thereto, and countersigned by you, so that it may be sent directly from me to the person who shall be appointed. With much esteem, I am, Sir, Your mo: hble...
I return, from this place, the Papers which you put into my hands on the Road, to day. The unpromising state of the Negotiation at Madrid, and the opinion of the Commissioners that their Commission should be withdrawn, and matters at that Court placed in Statu quo, deser⟨ves⟩ very serious consideration. I pray you to give it; & if it rests altogether with the Executive (after the Agency th⟨e⟩...
I return, from this place, the Papers which you put into my hands on the Road, to day. The unpromising state of the Negotiation at Madrid, and the opinion of the Commissioners that their Commission should be withdrawn, and matters at that Court placed in Statu quo, deserve very serious consideration. I pray you to give it; and if it rests altogether with the Executive (after the Agency the...
I have received your letter of yesterday’s date, and approving the measures sugg[e]sted therein, desire you will make arrangements for carrying them into effect with as little loss of time as may be. LB , DNA : RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. Jefferson’s letter to GW of 6 Sept. has not been found.
I have received your letter of yesterday’s date , and approving the measures suggested therein, desire you will make arrangements for carrying them into effect with as little loss of time as may be. FC ( Lb in DNA : RG 59, SDC ); at head of text: “The Secretary of State.” TJ’s letter of yesterday’s date has not been found.
The President returns to the Secretary of State the letter from Mr. Murry with its enclosure—and observes, that if the Secretary is clear in the propriety of proceeding on the subject in the manner stated in the Secretary’s note, he wishes the Secretary to do so; but in case he is not, the President thinks it would be best to have a consultation upon it. RC ( DLC ); in Tobias Lear’s hand;...
The President wishes the Secretary of State to let him know what measures, in his opinion, will be proper to be taken on the subject stated by the British Consul Genl. [ Note by TJ: ] Bond’s letter of Aug. 23. RC ( DLC ); in Tobias Lear’s hand, with note at foot of text by TJ; addressed: “The Secretary of [State]”; endorsed by TJ as a letter from Washington received 26 Aug. 1793. Recorded in...
The President sends to the Secretary of State two letters which he has received from Baltimore, written by persons from St. Domingo. The President has no knowledge of the writer of the letter in English; but he wishes the Secretary of State to consider it, and if he thinks the circumstances therein mentioned deserve attention, the Secretary will communicate to the President such answer thereto...
The President requests Mr Jefferson would bring with him the French Minister’s letter, communicating his powers to enter upon a New, & liberal Commercial Treaty. AL , DLC : Jefferson Papers. Jefferson’s docket reads: “recd Aug. 23. 93.” The letter requested was Edmond Genet to Jefferson of 23 May 1793 ( Jefferson Papers Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson . 41 vols. to...
The President requests Mr. Jefferson would bring with him the French Minister’s letter , communicating his powers to enter upon a New, and liberal Commercial Treaty. RC ( DLC ); partially dated; addressed: “Mr. Jeffer[son]”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Aug. 1793. Recorded in SJPL . French Minister’s Letter : Edmond Charles Genet to TJ, 23 May 1793 .
I send, for the consideration & opinion of the Heads of the Departments and the Attorney General of the U.S. a communication from the Governor of Pennsylvania respecting the Privateer Citizen Genet—together with copies of two letters from the French Consul to the Governor on the same subject, and a Report of two persons who had examined the Aforesaid Privateer by the Governor’s order. The...
I send, for the consideration and opinion of the Heads of the Departments and the Attorney General of the U.S. a communication from the Governor of Pennsylvania respecting the Privateer Citizen Genet—together with Copies of two letters from the French Consul to the Governor on the same subject, and a Report of two persons who had examined the Aforesaid Privateer by the Governor’s order. The...
The Captn of Marines on Board the Ambuscade has just put the enclosed into my hands —He was sent he says on purpose to do it—and waits only for an answer. Give it I pray you such an one as it ought to receive. Yours almost dark ALS , DLC : Jefferson Papers; ADfS , DNA : Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DNA : George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. Jefferson’s note at the...
The Captn. of Marines on Board the Ambuscade has just put the enclosed into my hands. He was sent he says on purpose to do it—and waits only for an answer. Give it I pray you such an one as it ought to receive. Yours Almost dark [ Note by TJ: ] This was Genet’s letter of Aug. 13. addressed to the Presidt. RC ( DLC ); at foot of text: “The Secy of State”; with TJ’s note at foot of text;...
The President wishes the Heads of the Departments to meet at his house tomorrow at ten o’clock. RC ( DLC ); in the hand of Tobias Lear; endorsed by TJ as received 14 Aug. 1793. Recorded in SJPL . For a brief description of this Cabinet meeting, see Cabinet Opinions on Edmond Charles Genet, 23 Aug. 1793 .
I clearly understood you on Saturday. And, of what I conceive to be two evils, must prefer the least—that is—to dispense with your temporary absence in autumn (in order to retain you in Office ’till January) rather than part with you altogether at the close of September. It would be an ardent wish of mine, that your continuance in office (even at the expence of some sacrifice of inclination)...
I clearly understood you on Saturday. And, of what I conceive to be two evils, must prefer the least—that is—to dispense with your temporary absence in Autumn (in order to retain you in Office ’till January) rather than part with you altogether at the close of September. It would be an ardent wish of mine, that your continuance in Office (even at the expence of some sacrifice of inclination)...
The answer to Mr. Hammonds letter is conformable to the measures which have been advised—and of course is approved. RC ( DLC ); addressed: “The Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 8 Aug. 1793. Recorded in SJPL . Enclosures: George Hammond to TJ , and TJ to Hammond, both 8 Aug. 1793 .
If the heads of Departments and the Attorney General, who have prepared the eight rules which you handed to me yesterday, are well satisfied that they are not repugnant to treaties, or to the Laws of Nations; and moreover, are the best we can adopt to maintain Neutrality; I not only give them my approbation, but desire they may be made known without delay for the information of all concerned....
Fresh occurrences, but communicated thro’ private channels, make it indispensable that the general principles which have already been the subject of discussion should be fixed, & made known for the government of all concerned, as soon as it can be done with propriety. To fix rules on substantial ground, conformably to treaties & the Laws of nations, is extremely desireable. The verdict of the...
As there are several matters which must remain in a suspended State—perhaps not very conveniently—until a decision is had on the conduct of the Minister of the French Republic—and as the Attorney General will, more than probably, be engaged at the Supreme Court next week —It is my wish under these circumstances, to enter upon the consideration of the letters of that Minister tomorrow, at 9...
As there are several matters which must remain in a suspended state—perhaps not very conveniently—until a decision is had upon the conduct of the Minister of the French Republic—and as the Attorney General will, more than probably, be engaged at the Supreme Court next week—It is my wish, under these circumstances, to enter upon the consideration of the letters of that Minister to morrow, at 9...
It will not be amiss, I conceive, at the meeting you are about to have to day, to consider the expediency of directing the Customhouse Officers to be attentive to the arming or equipping Vessels, either for offensive or defensive war, in the several ports to which they belong; and make report thereof to the Governor or some other proper Officer. Unless this, or some other effectual mode is...
The President of the United States will be glad to see the Secretary of State tomorrow morning at Nine o’Clock. RC ( DLC ); in the hand of Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr.; endorsed by TJ as received 28 July 1793. Recorded in SJPL .
The President returns to the Secretary of State the Letter from Peter Le Maigre, complaining of a second vessel having been taken from him by the British. If any thing more effectual than was done in the former case can be done in this, the President would wish it; but if there appear no other measures which can be taken with propriety, the President thinks the same steps should be followed as...
A letter from Colo. S. Smith (of Baltimore) to the Secretary of the Treasury, giving information of the conduct of the Privateers—Citizen Genet & Sans Culottes—is sent for your perusal: after which it may be returned; because contained therein, is a matter which respects the Treasury Department solely. As the letter of the Minister from the Republic of France, dated the 22d of June, lyes yet...
A letter from Colo. S. Smith (of Baltimore) to the Secretary of the Treasury, giving information of the conduct of the Privateers—Citizen Genet and Sans Culottes—is sent for your perusal: after which it may be returned; because contained therein, is a matter which respects the Treasury Department solely. As the letter of the Minister from the Republic of France, dated the 22d. of June, lyes...