To Edmond Charles Genet
Treasury Department July 5th 1793
I find on my Table this morning your letter of the 2d instant.1
As you ground the proposition, it contains on a conversation with me, I conclude there has been some misapprehension. I can recollect nothing, but what, as I understood it, had reference merely to some matter of form, which you had omitted and which you were desirous of having adjusted in a different mode in relation to the forms of accountability prescribed by the Treasury of France; which I declared myself ready to facilitate. But it was no part of my meaning that this was to operate as a new advance by liberating an equal sum of three millions. This not being within any arrangement heretofore approved by the President, cannot be adopted by this Department.2
With great respect & consideration I have the honor to be Sir Your obedt Servt
The Minister Plenipotentiary
of the Republic of France
LS, Arch. des Aff. Etr., Corr. Pol., Etats -Unis, Supplement Vol. 20.
1. Letter not found.
2. For Genet’s attempt to change the arrangement of the French debt, see George Washington to H, June 3, 1793, note 1; “Draft of a Report on the French Debt,” June 5, 1793; H to Washington, June 8, 1793.