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To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Pinckney, 14 June 1793

From Thomas Pinckney

London 14 June 1793

Dear Sir

I have to acknowledge the favor of your private letter accompanying the Presidents correspondence for Mr. Carew the directions concerning which shall be observed. I am happy to hear of the arrival of the Pigou at Philadelphia after a short passage as you will have been informed thereby that one of my papers which had been missing and about which I was extremely sollicitous, had been sent by mistake to Mr. G. Morris who returned it to me from Paris. I think I must have some public dispatches from you in the hands of the Captn. or Passenger of one of the last Ships that arrived who may not yet have reached London as the Session of Congress had finished a considerable time and the laws were printed and the important Proclamation relating to our neutrality has been inserted in the News papers though I had not received it officially. The Packet of News papers sent by the way of Holland are I believe still in the hands of Messrs. Vanstaphorsts who I suppose have not been able to find a conveyance for them.

I expect to be able to send the Copper for the use of the Mint by the return of the George Barclay a more advantageous offer having been made for the supply from hence than from any other place.

The public papers herewith will convey all the intelligence relating to the public state of Europe. It is expected that the parliament of this kingdom will be prorogued in a few days. It is said that the disturbances in Ireland have occasioned the countermanding of two Regiments destined from thence to the West India Islands. The failures of mercantile houses in this Country have not been so numerous lately as they were some time ago, but well informed people here are of opinion that they must again increase in a short period. I remain with sincere respect and esteem Dear Sir Your faithful & obedient Servant

Thomas Pinckney

RC (DNA: RG 59, DD); at foot of text: “The Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 30 Aug. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. PrC of Tr (ScHi: Pinckney Family Papers); in the hand of William A. Deas, unsigned. Tr (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DD). Enclosed in James B. M. Adair to TJ, [ca. 28 Aug. 1793].

TJ’s private letter to Pinckney was that of 27 Apr. 1793. Mr. Carew: John Carey, who was preparing an edition of George Washington’s correspondence with the Continental Congress (see note to Carey to TJ, 30 June 1792).

TJ submitted this letter to the President on 30 Aug. 1793 and received it back the same day (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 235).

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