Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 22 December 1790

To George Washington

December 22nd. 1790

Th: Jefferson has the honor to inform the President that his letter to Gouverneur Morris is dated December 17th.—He encloses him a letter from Mr. James Brown just now received.

Tr (DNA: RG 59, SDC).

Washington’s inquiry, if in writing, has not been found and neither it nor the above is recorded in SJL. Evidently Washington made the inquiry in order to give his own letter to Morris the same date as that of TJ’s letter. See note to Washington to TJ, 11 Dec. 1790.

The enclosed letter from Brown was dated at Danville, Ky., 1 Oct. 1790, and recorded in SJL as received 22 Dec. 1790. It has not been found but undoubtedly was Brown’s declination of the office of Attorney for Kentucky. William Murry was appointed to the vacancy on 26 Feb. 1791 (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, 1828 description ends , I, 42, 77; TJ to Murry, 26 Feb. 1791, transmitting commission; Tr in DNA: RG 59, PCC).

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