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From Thomas Jefferson to Edmund Randolph, with Randolph’s Reply, 12 March 1793

To Edmund Randolph, with Randolph’s Reply

Mar. 12. 93.

Th: J. to E. R.

Will you be so good as to tell me what answer to give to the interrogatory in the last sentence of this letter?

[Reply by Randolph:]

I do not see any absolute, or indeed probably1 necessity for the ancient treaties. But I am not certain, that it may not be satisfactory to have those, made with the state governments; since some of the commissioners are new in this kind of business; and might be surprized by a sudden objection from a treaty, which they had never seen.

RC (CtY); with Randolph’s undated reply subjoined. Not recorded in SJL. Enclosure: George Washington to TJ, 10 Mch. 1793.

1Thus in manuscript.

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