Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 27 July 1791

To George Washington

July 27. 1791.

Th: Jefferson has the honour to inclose to the President his letter to G. Morris, to which he will add any thing the President pleases by way of Postscript or by incorporating it into the letter.—A ship sailing from hence for Havre on Monday Th: J. proposes to send his letters for France by that rather than by the French packet.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); addressed: “The President of the U. S.” Not recorded in SJL or SJPL.

It is possible that Washington replied to the above on the 28th. His private note of that date concerned a different subject but was clearly related to Morris. Another of the same date, presumably public and recorded in SJPL, has not been found. Whether in the missing communication or in consultation, Washington obviously gave his approval to TJ’s letter to Morris, 26 July 1791, as written. In his own letter commenting on Morris’ letters on European affairs, Washington wrote: “This letter goes with one from Mr. Jefferson, to which I must refer you for what respects your public transactions, and I shall only add to it the repeated assurances of regard and affection” (Washington to Morris, 28 July 1791, Writings, ed. Fitzpatrick, xxxi, 330).

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