From George Washington
Philadelphia July 30th 1791
I have given your letter to Mr. Short, dated the 28th. instant an attentive perusal.—As you place confidence in his judgment and discretion, I think it is very proper that the sentiments which are expressed in the cyphered part of it, should be handed to him; and approve the communicating of them to him accordingly.
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Secretary of State” endorsed by TJ as received 31 July 1791 and so recorded in SJL. FC (DNA: RG 59, SDC).