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From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 2 December 1793

To George Washington

Dec. 2. 93.

Th: Jefferson with his respects to the President has the honor to inclose him three copies of the Proclamation and of the Rules.

Having only heard the speech read, 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?

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); addressed: “The Presid[…]”; endorsed by Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr. Tr (Lb in same, SDC). Not recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) Proclamation of Neutrality, 22 Apr. 1793 (Fitzpatrick, Writings description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington, Washington, D.C., 1931–44, 39 vols. description ends , xxxii, 430–1).(2) Rules on Neutrality, 3 Aug. 1793.

Washington’s annual speech to Congress of 3 Dec. 1793 was also accompanied by Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton’s circular letter of 4 Aug. 1793 transmitting the second enclosure listed above to the customs collectors (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, 140–1; TJ to Henry Knox, 11 Aug. 1793, and note).

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