Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Hammond, 13 April 1792

To George Hammond

Apr. 13. 1792

The Secretary of state presents his compliments to Mr. Hammond, and incloses him the draught of a letter to the President of the U.S. which he has prepared to accompany Mr. Hammond’s communication of the 11th. and letter of the 12th. The whole will probably be laid by the President before the legislature, and perhaps communicated to the public in order to let the merchants know that they need not suspend their shipments but to the islands of Jersey and Guernsey. Before sending the letter to the President the Secretary of state has chosen to communicate it to Mr. Hammond in a friendly way, being desirous to know whether it meets his approbation, or whether he would wish any alterations in it.

PrC (DLC). Enclosure: TJ to Washington, this date. In keeping with the character of this note as being transmitted “in a friendly way,” TJ did not cause file copies of it to be retained among the official records of the department.

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