George Washington to Edmund Randolph1
[United States Novr. 24. 92]2
It appears to me necessary, that processes should issue without further delay upon the Indictments found at the last Circuit Court held at York Town in the Commonwealth of Pensylvania, in reference to the laws laying a duty on Spirits distilled within the United States—and proper, that they should be served by the Marshall of the District of Pensylvania,3 in person. I am to desire that the requisite arrangements [with the Attorney4 & marshall of the before mentioned District] may be taken for these purposes; [and], you are authorized to signify to the [latter] my expectation of his immediate Agency in the business.
[The Attorney Genl of the U S]
Df, in the handwriting of H, RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, 1790–1799, National Archives.
1. For background to this letter, see H to Tench Coxe, September 1, 1792; H to Washington, September 1, 8, first letter of September 9, September 11, 22, 26, 1792; H to John Jay, September 3, 1792; “Draft of a Proclamation Concerning Opposition to the Excise Law,” September 7, 1792; Jay to H, September 8, 1792; Randolph to H, September 8, 1792; Washington to H, September 7, two letters of September 17, September 21, October 1, 1792; George Clymer to H, September 28, October 4, 10, 1792; Rufus King to H, September 27, 1792; Washington to Thomas Mifflin, September 29, 1792.
2. Material within brackets is not in H’s handwriting.
3. Clement Biddle.
4. William Rawle, United States attorney for the District of Pennsylvania.