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Th: Jefferson has the honor to return to the President the minutes of the 17th inst. the letters then agreed on are sent to the Secretaries of the Treasury & war for their corrections, & will then be handed to the President. he sends him also a letter from the Attorney of Kentuckey for his information, & because the subject of it belongs to another department. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous...
The decision of the case of the British debts which was expected to have taken place at Richmond, being now deferred, Th: Jefferson has the honor of submitting to the President the draught of a letter to mister Hammond, asking an answer on the subject of the treaty of peace. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; AL (letterpress copy), DLC : Jefferson Papers; LB , DNA : RG 59, George...
The Secretary of State having received from the Secretary of the territory of the U.S. South of the Ohio a report of the proceedings of that government from Sep. 1. 1792. to the 16th of Feb. 1793. Reports to the President of the U.S. That they do not contain any thing necessary for him to act on: unless, as it is suggested by mister Smith, it should be necessary to lay before Congress the act...
Thomas Jefferson has the honor to inclose to the President translations of some communications from Messrs Viar & Jaudenes, also a letter for Mr Pinckney. LB , DNA : RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. The letter from José de Jaudenes and José Ignacio de Viar to Jefferson of 18 June described “different acts practised” by Gov. William Blount and others in the Southwest...
The Secretary of State having received from the Secretary of the territory of the US. South of the Ohio a report of the proceedings of that government from Sep. 1. 1792. to the 16th. of Feb. 1793. Reports to the President of the US. That they do not contain any thing necessary for him to act on: unless, as it is suggested by Mr. Smith, it should be necessary to lay before Congress the act of...
The decision of the case of the British debts which was expected to have taken place at Richmond, being now deferred, Th: Jefferson has the honor of submitting to the President the draught of a letter to Mr. Hammond, asking an answer on the subject of the treaty of peace. RC ( DNA : RG 59, MLR ); addressed: “The President of the US.”; endorsed by Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr. PrC ( DLC ). Tr ( Lb...
Th: Jefferson has the honor to return to the President the minutes of the 17th. inst. The letters then agreed on are sent to the Secretaries of the Treasury and war for their corrections, and will then be handed to the President. He sends him also a letter from the Attorney of Kentuckey for his information, and because the subject of it belongs to another department. RC ( DNA : RG 59, MLR );...
At a meeting this day of the heads of departments at the President’s on summons from him, a letter from Messrs Viar & Jaudenes dated June 18. & addressed to the Secretary of state, was read: whereupon it is the opinion that a full detail of the proceedings of the U.S. with respect to the Southern Indians, & the Spaniards be prepared, and a notification as to the particular matters charged in...
June 20. 1793. At a meeting this day of the heads of departments at the President’s on summons from him, a letter from Messrs. Viar and Jaudenes dated June 18. and addressed to the Secretary of state, was read: whereupon it is the opinion that a full detail of the proceedings of the US. with respect to the Southern Indians, and the Spaniards be prepared, and a justification as to the...
I should have taken time ere this to have considered the observations of mister Young, could I at this place have done it in such a way as would satisfy either him or myself. when I wrote the notes of the last year, I had never before thought of calculating what were the profits of a capital invested in Virginia agriculture. yet that appeared to be what mister Young most desired. lest...
I should have taken time ere this to have considered the observations of Mr. Young, could I at this place have done it in such a way as would satisfy either him or myself. When I wrote the notes of the last year , I had never before thought of calculating what were the profits of a capital invested in Virginia agriculture. Yet that appeared to be what Mr. Young most desired. Lest therefore no...
At a meeting at the State house of the city of Philadelphia July 8. 1793. Present the Secretary of state, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary at War. It appears that a brigantine called the Little Sarah has been fitted out at the port of Philadelphia, with fourteen cannon, & all other equipments indicating that she is intended as a Privateer to cruise under the authority of France, &...
At a meeting at the State house of the city of Philadelphia July 8. 1793. Present the Secretary of state, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary at War. It appears that a brigantine called the Little Sarah has been fitted out at the port of Philadelphia, with fourteen cannon, and all other equipments indicating that she is intended as a Privateer to cruise under the authority of France,...
I am against the preceding opinion of the Secretaries of the Treasury and War, for ordering a battery to be erected on Mud-island, and firing on the Little Sarah, an armed vessel of the Republic of France. Because I am satisfied from what passed between Mr. Genet and myself at our personal interview yesterday, that the vessel will not be ordered to sail till the return of the President, which,...
The Secretary of Treasury having communicated to Genl Knox & myself that he had been informed that the Little Sarah had much augmented her arms, and was greatly advanced in her preparations, we concurred in opinion that the Govr should be desired to have a reexamination of the fact. it was done & a Report made that she had entered the port with only 4. guns, & now had 14 &c. the next day,...
Th: J. has the papers in the following cases which require as early consideration as the President can well give them. Vainqueur de la Bastille. Genet’s letter July 8. & Govr of Carolina’s June 24. Le Citoyen Genet and prizes. Hammond’s letter July 10. Genet’s letter June 26. covering protests of the Consuls against interference of the Admiralty courts, and expressing very improper principles....
Th:J. has the papers in the following cases which require as early consideration as the President can well give them. Vainqueur de la Bastille. Genet’s letter July 8. and Govr. of Carolina’s June 24. Le Citoyen Genet and prizes. Hammond’s letter July 10. Genet’s letter June 26. covering protests of the Consuls against interference of the Admiralty courts, and expressing very improper...
Papers requiring the President’s instant attention. Th: J’s letter to Viar & Jaudenes. }     the Courier goes on Saturday. Genet’s communications relative to Spain Little Sarah. the Governor’s letter of June 24. & Warden’s 1st report. the Governor’s letter of July 7. x Th: J’s conversation with Genet. x Th: J’s opinion against firing on the Little Sarah. Rawle’s letter. July 9. Genet’s letter....
to be read at the President’s leisure. Governr H. Lee’s letter. June 28. concerning supposed pestilential disease in W. I. The Suckey. Th: J’s letter June 26. to mister Hammond. Th: J. to mister Hammond. June 25. on insinuation concerning Western posts. do to do do developemt of order about privateers arming. Philips’s letter June 7. cannot be received as Consul at Curaçoa. Chiappe’s letter...
Th: Jefferson presents his respects to the President. he had expected that the Secretaries of the Treasury & War would have given to the President immediately the statement of facts in the case of the Little Sarah, as drawn by the former & agreed to, as also their Reasons: but Colo. Hamilton having informed Th: J. that he has not been able to prepare copies, Th: J. sends the President the...
Papers requiring the President’s instant attention. Th:J’s letter to Viar and Jaudenes . } the Courier goes on Saturday. Genet’s communications relative to Spain     Little Sarah. the Governor’s letter of June 24 . and Warden’s 1st. report . the Governor’s letter of July 7. x Th:J’s conversation with Genet .
To be read at the President’s leisure. Governr. H. Lee’s letter. June 28. concerning supposed pestilential disease in W.I. The Suckey. Th:J’s letter June 26. to Mr. Hammond. Th:J. to Mr. Hammond. June 25. on insinuation concerning Western posts. do.  to do.          do.     developement of order about privateers arming. Philips’s  letter June 7. cannot be received as Consul at Curaçoa....
Th: Jefferson presents his respects to the President. He had expected that the Secretaries of the Treasury and War would have given to the President immediately the statement of facts in the case of the Little Sarah, as drawn by the former and agreed to, as also their Reasons: but Colo. Hamilton having informed Th:J. that he has not been able to prepare copies, Th:J. sends the President the...
At a meeting of the heads of the departments at the President’s on summons from him, and on consideration of various representations from the Ministers Plenipotentiary of France & Great Britain on the subject of vessels arming & arriving in our ports, and of prizes it is their opinion that letters be written to the said Ministers informing them that the Executive of the U.S., desirous of...
Th: Jefferson has the honor to send to the President Dr Thornton’s answer to mister Hallet’s objections this moment received, & which he has not had time to read. perhaps the President may think it worth while to communicate them to mister Hobens & see what he thinks of them, for which reason he sends them to the President in the instant of receiving them. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous...
July 12. 1793. At a meeting of the heads of the departments at the President’s on summons from him, and on consideration of various representations from the Ministers Plenipotentiary of France and Great Britain on the subject of vessels arming and arriving in our ports, and of prizes it is their opinion that letters be written to the said Ministers informing them that the Executive of the US.,...
Th: Jefferson has the honor to send to the President Dr. Thornton’s answer to Mr. Hallet’s objections this moment received, and which he has not had time to read. Perhaps the President may think it worth while to communicate them to Mr. Hobens and see what he thinks of them, for which reason he sends them to the President in the instant of recieving them. RC ( DNA : RG 59, MLR ); endorsed by...
Th: Jefferson with his respects to the President returns him Montmorin’s letter, which he thought he would wish to keep, & sends him a letter from Govr. Chittenden, open as he received it. also the letter from Algiers in which there is nothing new but their present marine force in the last page but one. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DNA : RG 59, George Washington’s...
Th: Jefferson with his respects to the President returns him Montmorin’s letter , which he thought he would wish to keep, and sends him a letter from Govr. Chittenden , open as he received it. Also the letter from Algiers in which there is nothing new but their present marine force in the last page but one. RC ( DNA : RG 59, MLR ); with final sentence written a day later (see note 1 below);...
Th: Jefferson has the honor to submit to the President the rough draught of an answer to Mr Genet’s letter of June 22. it is left unclosed, in case any other matters should be thought proper to be added. otherwise he would propose to close it with reiterations of friendship to his nation. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DNA : RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of...
Th: Jefferson has the honor to submit to the President the rough draught of an answer to Mr. Genet’s letter of June 22. It is left unclosed, in case any other matters should be thought proper to be added. Otherwise he would propose to close it with reiterations of friendship to his nation. RC ( DNA : RG 59, MLR ); addressed: “The President of the US.”; endorsed by Tobias Lear. Tr ( Lb in same,...
According to the desire expressed in your letter of June 30. I called together Doctr Thornton, Mr Hallet, Mr Hoben, and a judicious undertaker of this place, Mr Carstairs, chosen by Dr Thornton as a competent judge of the objections made to his plan of the Capitol for the City of Washington. These objections were proposed and discussed on a view of the plans: the most material were the...
According to the desire expressed in your letter of June 30. I called together Doctr. Thornton, Mr. Hallet, Mr. Hoben, and a judicious undertaker of this place, Mr. Carstairs, chosen by Dr. Thornton as a competent judge of the objections made to his plan of the Capitol for the City of Washington. These objections were proposed and discussed on a view of the plans: the most material were the...
Th: Jefferson has the honor to inclose to the President a copy of the questions to be proposed to the judges, which he has endeavoured to make with exactness, but cannot be sure he may not have mistaken some of the interlineations of the original he has added at the end those from his own paper which were agreed to. they are the numbers 22. &c to the end. he incloses also the rough draughts of...
✓ 1. < Are we free, by the treaty , to prohibit France from arming vessels within our ports to cruize on her enemies? > 2. If we are free to prohibit her, are we, by the laws of neutrality, bound to prohibit her? agreed. 3. What are the articles, by name, to be prohibited to both or either party? 4. May the prohibition extend to the use of their own means e.g. mounting their own guns,...
1. Do the treaties between the US. and France give to France or her citizens a right , when at war with a power with whom the US. are at peace, to fit out originally in and from the ports of the US, vessels armed for war, with or without commission? 2. If they give such a right , does it extend to all manner of armed vessels, or to particular kinds only? If the latter, to what kinds does it...
Th: Jefferson has the honor to inclose to the President a copy of the questions to be proposed to the judges, which he has endeavored to make with exactness, but cannot be sure he may not have mistaken some of the interlineations of the original. He has added at the end those from his own paper which were agreed to. They are the numbers 22. &c. to the end. He incloses also the rough draughts...
Th: Jefferson with his respects to the President has the honor to inform him that Judges Jay & Wilson called on him just now and asked whether the letter of yesterday pressed for an answer. they were told the cases would await their time, & were asked when they thought an answer might be expected: they said they supposed in a day or two. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DNA : RG...
Th: Jefferson with his respects to the President has the honor to inform him that Judges Jay and Wilson called on him just now and asked whether the letter of yesterday pressed for an answer. They were told the cases would await their time, and were asked when they thought an answer might be expected: they said they supposed in a day or two. RC ( DNA : RG 59, MLR ); addressed: “The President...
Th: Jefferson with his respects to the President has the honor of inclosing him some letters just received also the draught of a letter to the Judges. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DNA : RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. The enclosed letters to Jefferson from diplomats William Carmichael and William Short of 18 April and 5 May 1793...
Th: Jefferson with his respects to the President has the honor of inclosing him some letters just received also the draught of a letter to the Judges. RC ( DNA : RG 59, MLR ); endorsed by Tobias Lear. Tr ( Lb in same, SDC ). Not recorded in SJL . Enclosures: (1) William Carmichael and William Short to TJ, 18 Apr. , 5 May 1793
Th: Jefferson has the honor to inclose to the President a second complaint of Peter LeMaigre a merchant of this city, for a second vessel taken from him by the British. in the former case, which happened during the absence of the President, it was unanimously agreed by the heads of the departments that it would be proper to communicate the case to Mr Hammond, and desire his interference. AL ,...
Th: Jefferson has the honor to inclose to the President a second complaint of Peter Le Maigre a merchant of this city, for a second vessel taken from him by the British. In the former case , which happened during the absence of the President, it was unanimously agreed by the heads of the departments that it would be proper to communicate the case to Mr. Hammond, and desire his interference. RC...
Mr Genet’s declaration to the President at his reception, that France did not wish to engage the U.S. in the present war by the clause of guarantee, but left her free to pursue her own happiness in peace, has been repeated to myself in conversation, & to others, and even in a public answer, so as to place it beyond question. Some days after the reception of mister Genet (which was May 17.) I...
Th: Jefferson has the honor to return to the President the copy of questions which had been destined for the judges. AL , DNA : RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB , DNA : RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. For the questions prepared for submission to the justices of the Supreme Court, see Jefferson to GW, 18 July , and enclosure .
When you did me the honor of appointing me to the office I now hold, I engaged in it without a view of continuing any length of time, & I pretty early concluded on the close of the first four years of our republic as a proper period for withdrawing; which I had the honor of communicating to you. when the period however arrived circumstances had arisen, which, in the opinion of some of my...
When you did me the honor of appointing me to the office I now hold, I engaged in it without a view of continuing any length of time, and I pretty early concluded on the close of the first four years of our republic as a proper period for withdrawing; which, I had the honor of communicating to you. When the period however arrived circumstances had arisen, which, in the opinion of some of my...
Th: Jefferson has the honor to return to the President the copy of questions which had been destined for the judges. RC ( DNA : RG 59, MLR ); addressed: “The President of the US.”; endorsed by Tobias Lear. Tr ( Lb in same, SDC ). Not recorded in SJL . Enclosure: Questions for the Supreme Court, [18 July 1793] , Document IV of a group of documents on the referral of neutrality questions to the...
August 3. 1793 The foregoing rules having been considered by us at several meetings, and being now unanimously approved, they are submitted to the President of the United States. DS , in George Taylor, Jr.’s writing, DLC:GW ; copy (letterpress copy), DLC : Jefferson Papers; LB , DLC:GW ; Df , in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC : Jefferson Papers; copy, DNA : RG 46, Third Congress, 1793–1795,...
That The Minister of the French Republic be informed that the President considers the U. States as bound pursuant to positive assurances, given in conformity to the laws of neutrality, to effectuate the restoration of, or to make compensation for, prizes which shall have been made of any of the parties at war with France subsequent to the fifth day of June last by privateers fitted out of...