Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 14 June 1792

To George Washington

June 14. 1792.

Th: Jefferson with his respects incloses to the President two letters recieved yesterday from Mr. Morris.—He had sent the Observations of Mr. Keith to Mr. Rittenhouse, with a note for his consideration. Th: J. incloses the Note with Mr. Rittenhouse’s answer for the perusal of the President if he thinks them worth the time.

P.S. The Proces-verbal accompanying Mr. Morris’s letter has appeared in our newspapers, exactly translated.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); addressed: “The President of the U.S.”; endorsed by Tobias Lear; not recorded in SJL. Tr (Lb in same, SDC). Enclosures: (1) Gouverneur Morris to TJ, 6 and 10 Apr. 1792. (2) TJ to David Rittenhouse, 8 June 1792. (3) Rittenhouse to TJ, 11 June 1792.

The enclosed proces-verbal was an account of the assassination of King Gustavus III of Sweden (National Gazette, 14 June 1792). This event had led TJ to predict at a party in the President’s home a few days before that a revolution would probably soon break out in Sweden (Edward Thornton to James B. Burges, 11 June 1792, S. W. Jackman, ed., “A Young Englishman Reports on the New Nation: Edward Thornton to James Bland Burges, 1791–1793,” WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892– description ends , 3d ser., xviii [1961], 110).

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