Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 8 January 1793

To George Washington

8 January 1793.

Th: Jefferson has the honor to inclose to the President 3 copies of the papers on the subject of the Coins. He does not see however that it is necessary to send one to the Senate, unless usage has rendered it so.

He has retained the Directors original statement, thinking it ought to be of record in his Office, as it may be the foundation of a Law.

Tr (Lb in DNA: RG 59, SDC); at head of text: “The President of the United States.” Not recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) David Rittenhouse to TJ, 7 Jan. 1793, with enclosed Assay of Foreign Coins. (2) Report on Foreign Coinage, 8 Jan. 1793. (3) Washington to the House of Representatives, [8 Jan. 1793]: “According to the request expressed in your Resolution of the 29. of November, I have caused Assays and other proper experiments to be made at the mint of the united States, of the gold and silver coins of France, England, Spain, and Portugal, and now lay before you the result” (MS in DNA: RG 59, MLR; undated text prepared by TJ but in the hand of a clerk, with “Gentlemen of the House of Representatives” at head of text and endorsement by Tobias Lear: “From The Secretary of State Jany 8th: 1793”; PrC of Tr in same, undated and in a clerk’s hand; not sent by the President).

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