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George Washington to the Senate and the House of Representatives, 23 December 1793

George Washington to the Senate and the House of Representatives

United States
23d. December 1793.

Gentlemen of the Senate, and of
the House of Representatives

Since the communications which were made to you on the affairs of the United States with Spain and on the Truce between Portugal and Algiers, some other papers have been received which making a part of the same subjects are now communicated for your information.

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RC (DNA: RG 46, Senate Records, 3d Cong., 1st sess.); in Benjamin Bankson’s hand, signed by Washington. Enclosures: (1) Josef de Jaudenes and Josef Ignacio de Viar to TJ, 18 Dec. 1793, and enclosures. (2) TJ to Viar and Jaudenes, 21 Dec. 1793. (3) Enclosures listed at Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to TJ, 23 Dec. 1793.

TJ prepared this message after he met with the President this day and convinced him of “the propriety of laying … before the Legislature” the documents comprised in Enclosure No. 3 listed above (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 271–2; ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Washington, D.C., Gales & Seaton, 1832–61, 38 vols. description ends , Foreign Relations, i, 304–6).

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