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From George Washington to Timothy Pickering, 28 September 1796

Mount Vernon 28th Septr 1796


Your letters of the 17th 20th & 2[0]th instant, have been received.

Enclosed you have a Warrant on the Secretary of the Treasury for two thousand dollars for contingent purposes, agreeably to your request.

’Tis well to learn from Mr Monroe’s own pen, "that he trusted the French Councils relative to us were fixed, & that he should hear nothing more from the Directory on the subject he had frequently touched upon in his former letters." If his conjectures are right, it will not be difficult to account for the cause.

It affords much satisfaction that Judge Benson has accepted the Office of third Commissioner for deciding on the true St Croix.

As no fit character occurs to me to supply the place of Mr Marsh as District Attorney, I request that you will get what information you can, on this head, & transmit it to me.

Go: Washington

DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.

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