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George Washington to Andrew G. Fraunces, 3 August 1793

George Washington to Andrew G. Fraunces1

Phila. Augt. 3d. 17932

Sir

I have received your Letter of the 30th. of July.3 The matter of it being of a serious nature I have directed the Secretary of the Treasury to report to me in writing how far the Representation is founded in fact and the reasons on his part for declining the payment of the Warrants. But I do not expect that he can, consistently with objects of a more general concern, make his report ’till some time in the ensuing week; in the course of which you will be informed of the result of your application.

Df, in the handwriting of H, RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1790–1799, National Archives.

1For background to this letter, see Fraunces to H, May 16, June 10, July 1, August 2, 1793; H to Fraunces, May 18, July 2, August 2, two letters of August 3, 1793; Washington to H, August 3, 1793.

After H had written this draft for Washington, it was decided that Tobias Lear, rather than Washington, should send the letter. Lear corrected the draft to conform to this decision and sent the letter (Fraunces, An Appeal description begins [Andrew G. Fraunces], An Appeal to the Legislature of the United States, and to the Citizens Individually, of the Several States, Against the Conduct of the Secretary of the Treasury. By Andrew G. Fraunces, Citizen of the State of New-York, Late in the Treasury of the United States. “E tenebris elucidit lux.” Printed for Andrew G. Fraunces, Esq. (n.p., 1793). description ends , 15–16).

2The place and date of this letter are in Washington’s handwriting.

3ALS, RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1790–1799, National Archives. This letter is also printed in Fraunces, An Appeal description begins [Andrew G. Fraunces], An Appeal to the Legislature of the United States, and to the Citizens Individually, of the Several States, Against the Conduct of the Secretary of the Treasury. By Andrew G. Fraunces, Citizen of the State of New-York, Late in the Treasury of the United States. “E tenebris elucidit lux.” Printed for Andrew G. Fraunces, Esq. (n.p., 1793). description ends , 8–11.

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