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To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 19 February 1794

From Edmund Randolph

[Philadelphia] Wednesday evening feby 19. 1794.

E. Randolph has the honor to inform the President, that the subjects within the department of state for consultation, are

1. The form of a message, to accompany Mr Morris’s letters.1

2. Whether Mr Pinckney’s last dispatches are to be communicated to congress? and how, if at all? 2

When E.R. came from the President’s this afternoon, the office was shut; but he purposes to notify the gentlemen, as he was instructed by the President for tomorrow 12 o’clock.3

N.B. Perhaps a letter from Messrs Carmichael and Short, now under the decyphering clerk, may probably make a third article of deliberation.4

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

1On the Senate request for the correspondence of Gouverneur Morris, the U.S. minister to France, see U.S. Senate to GW, 24 January. For GW’s reply, see his letter to the U.S. Senate of 26 February.

2For GW’s submission of the correspondence of Thomas Pinckney, the U.S. minister to Great Britain, see GW to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 24 February.

3GW apparently had called for members of his cabinet to meet with him at noon on 20 Feb. to discuss the subjects mentioned in this letter.

4William Carmichael and William Short currently were serving as joint commissioners plenipotentiary to Spain (see GW to U.S. Senate, 11 Jan. 1792). For GW’s submission of their letter to the secretary of state of 22 Oct. 1793, see GW to U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 24 February.

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