Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 26 November 1790

To John Adams

Philadelphia Nov. 26. 1790.

Dear Sir

From a letter received from the President Mr. Lear is satisfied he cannot be here to-day and doubts even the possibility of his arrival tomorrow. Of course our expedition of to-day would be certainly fruitless, and is therefore laid aside agreeably to a message I have received from Genl. Knox and the attorney General. Your’s affectionately & respectfully,

Th: Jefferson

RC (MHi: AM); addressed: “The Vice-president of the United States at Bush-hill.” Not recorded in SJL.

The Expedition of the Vice-President and members of the cabinet to meet the President, perhaps at Gray’s Ferry, was necessarily postponed. Washington arrived in Philadelphia about 11 in the morning of the 27th (Freeman, Washington description begins Douglas Southall Freeman, George Washington, N.Y., 1948–1957, 6 vols.; 7th volume by J. A. Carroll and M. W. Ashworth, New York, 1957 description ends , vi, 286).

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