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From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 2 December 1793

To Thomas Jefferson

Phila. 2d Decr 1793

Dr Sir

I am very well satisfied with the train things are in. You will recollect that the Proclamation, Rules and other things are referred to in the Speech1—I shall depend upon there being got ready at your Office.2 Yours &ca

Go: Washington

ALS, DLC: Jefferson Papers. A note by Jefferson at the bottom of this document reads: “answer to note of this day respecting publication of proceedgs with Gr. Britn.”

1GW is discussing the preparation of his annual address to the Senate and House of Representatives, which was delivered on 3 December. For the proclamation, see Neutrality Proclamation, 22 April; for the rules, see Cabinet Opinion on the Rules of Neutrality, 3 August.

2Jefferson replied on this date, “Th: Jefferson with his respects to the President has the honor to inclose him three copies of the Proclamation & of the Rules.

“Having only heard the speech re[a]d, he cannot recollect it perfectly enough to decide by memory what documents it requires from his office, and therefore is obliged to ask of the President if any more be requisite?” (AL, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State).

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