Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Washington, 15 June 1791

From George Washington

Mount-Vernon, June 15. 1791.


I acknowledged the receipt of your letter of the 2nd. of April from Richmond, since which I have only received two letters from you of the 10th. of April and 15th. of May.

Concluding that some of your dispatches may have been forwarded to Taylor’s ferry (by which route I did not return) I have to request, if that should have been the case, and the communications were of a particular or pressing nature, that duplicates may be addressed to me at Mount-Vernon, where I shall remain until the 27th. of the present month, when, by an appointment before I went to the southward, I am to meet the Commisioners at Georgetown.—I cannot now determine how long I may be there, but it is probable I shall not make any particular communications to you before my return to Philadelphia.

If the suggestion contained in your letter of the 10th. of April, respecting the engravings, can be carried into effect at a moderate expence, I think it may answer a good purpose.—I am Sir, Your most obedient Servant,

Go: Washington

A letter from Major Shaw, Consul at Canton, of the 7th. of December last, with it’s enclosures, and a very unexpected address from some Persons styling themselves, “free people of colour of the Island of Grenada,” are herewith transmitted for your consideration, and your opinions thereon when I see you in Philadelphia.

Go. Washington

RC (DLC); in William Jackson’s hand except for signatures; endorsed by TJ as received 19 June 1791 and so recorded in SJL. Dft (DNA: RG 59, MLR); also in Jackson’s hand. FC (DNA: RG 59, SDC). Enclosures: (1) Samuel Shaw to Washington, 7 Dec. 1790 (printed as enclosure in TJ to Van Berckel, 14 July 1791); (2) Memorial of “Tous Les Citoyens libres de Couleur de…Grenade aux antilles,” 24 Jan. 1791 (printed below).

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