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From George Washington to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, 9 March 1792

To the United States Senate and House of Representatives

United States [Philadelphia] March 9th 1792.

Gentlemen of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives.

I now lay before you a General Account rendered by the Bankers of the United States at Amsterdam of the payments they had made between the 1st of July 1790 and 1791 from the fund deposited in their hands for the purposes of the Act providing the means of intercourse between the United States, and foreign Nations, and of the balance remaining in their hands; together with a letter from the Secretary of State on the subject.1

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DS, DNA: RG 46, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Records of Legislative Proceedings, President’s Messages; retained copy (letterpress copy), DLC: Jefferson Papers; LB, DLC:GW; copy, DNA: RG 233, Second Congress, 1791–1793, Records of Legislative Proceedings, Journals.

1For the enclosed letter from the secretary of state to GW and the account of Willink, Van Staphorst & Hubbard that it covered, see Jefferson to GW, 7 Mar. 1792 (first letter). Both the Senate and the House of Representatives read and tabled GW’s message and its accompanying papers after receiving them (Annals of Congress description begins Joseph Gales, Sr., comp. The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature. 42 vols. Washington, D.C., 1834–56. description ends , 2d Cong., 1st sess., 104, 452).

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