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To George Washington from Timothy Pickering, 13 February 1797

Department of State Feby 13. 1797.

The Secretary of State respectfully lays before the President of the U. States the draughts of letters to General Pinckney Colo. Humphreys and Mr Adams. In the letter to Colo. Humphreys (not private) remains to be added what is mentioned in that to Mr Adams respecting his salary, on which the Secretary entertained some doubts; but on the whole deemed the principle he has adopted to be correct—but which he submits to the Presidents decision.

The Secretary also takes leave to submit to the President’s consideration the hint given in the last paragraph of the inclosed letter from Colo. Hamilton.

T. Pickering

DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.

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