Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 13 December 1791

To George Washington

Dec. 13. 1791

Th: Jefferson presents his respects to the President of the U.S. and sends him the letter he has prepared for Mr. Hammond relative to his Commercial commission.

He also incloses the rough draught of the one he has prepared on the subject of the treaty of peace, with the documents he proposes to communicate in support of the facts. The 1st. of these (the Substance of the Conference &c.) is communicated because Carleton was more explicit in that conversation, than in his letter of May 12. as to the magnitude of the first embarcation and that the negroes then embarked were property of the U.S. Yet this peice of evidence does not seem essentially necessary, and Th:J. asks the opinion of the President on the subject. He will wait on him to-day a quarter before three on these subjects.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); endorsed by Washington: “From The Secretary of State 13th. Decr. 1791 respecting his Corrispondence with the British Minister.” FC (DNA: RG 59, SDC). Not recorded in SJL or SJPL. Enclosures: TJ to Hammond, 13 Dec. and 15 Dec. 1791.

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