Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 7 March 1792

To George Washington

Mar. 7. 1792.

Th: Jefferson presents his respects to the President and sends him his report on the subject of commerce with Spain, and the form of a message to the Senate. A second copy is now making out for the President’s own use, so that he may send in the one now inclosed today, assured of receiving the other the moment it is finished.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); endorsed by Lear. Tr (same, SDC).

The enclosed report on the subject of commerce with Spain, consisting of Part III of the longer report TJ had been preparing for the President and had submitted to Hamilton for comments, is fully described in textual notes 18–26 to the Report on Negotiations with Spain, 18 Mch. 1792. See also note 3 at Hamilton’s Notes on Report of Instructions for the Commissioners to Spain, with Jefferson’s Comments, 1–5 Mch. 1792. Washington immediately submitted TJ’s report and covering message to the Senate, which consented on 16 Mch. to the extension of the powers of the commissioners in anticipation of a treaty with Spain (Trs of Senate resolution in DLC: TJ Papers, 72: 12486, and DNA: RG 59, SDC; 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, 106–10, 115).

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