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Timothy Pickering to Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., 26 December 1795

Timothy Pickering to Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr.

[Philadelphia] Decr 26. 95.

Colo. Pickering incloses the proceedings from Winchester, with the draught of an answer under the same cover, which Colo. Pickering wrote a number of days since & locked up in a closet at the office of state, where it lay unnoticed till this forenoon.1

Mr Dandridge will also find inclosed two letters received to day from Mr Monroe, which Mr D. will have the goodness to lay before the President.2 and

A letter which I received this day under cover from Colo. Hamilton with his request to present it to the President.3

AL, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State.

1For the proceedings, see Frederick County, Va., Citizens to GW, 2 Dec., n.1; for Pickering’s draft, see Pickering to GW, 16 Dec., n.1.

2Pickering evidently enclosed copies of James Monroe’s letters to the secretary of state of 4 and 20 Oct. (DNA: RG 59, Despatches from U.S. Ministers to France; see also Papers of James Monroe, description begins Daniel Preston et al., eds. The Papers of James Monroe. 5 vols. to date. Westport, Conn., and Santa Barbara, Calif., 2003–. description ends 3:476–78, 484–93). The former letter enclosed letters “by which it appears that a treaty in behalf of the United States is made with Algiers.” The treaty evidently was concluded without the aid of France, but Monroe detailed his efforts (and those of David Humphreys) to obtain French assistance. The two had enlisted Joel Barlow as an agent to Algiers, and Monroe now was suggesting that Barlow would be willing to serve as consul there. In the second letter, Monroe described the defeat of an uprising in Paris on 5 Oct. and discussed its origins and consequences.

3The enclosed letter has not been identified; it may have been Alexander Hamilton’s letter to GW of 24 December.

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