From Thomas Pinckney
Great Cumberland Place London 11 Febry. 1793
Within these few days I have written to you by the Packet, the William Penn and the George Barclay; by the harmony which will convey this to you I have only to inclose a copy of the Passports I have given to our homeward bound Vessels, being the highest evidence we can give of their being American bottoms and as near the Passports required by our treaties of Commerce as the circumstances of their being issued here and the very inaccurate copy (the only one I can immediately procure here) of the form annexed to the treaties enable me to make them. In future I presume none of our Vessels will leave America unprovided but as stragling Vessels from distant parts may continue to drop in here for some time I would submit the propriety of a few Passports properly signed and sealed but in other respects blank being lodged with our Consuls at the different Ports.
To insure the earliest intelligence I must here repeat the information of the loss of my Cypher on which I have written fully in my three last letters and have assigned my reasons why I think it is not stolen but sent through mistake to Mr. Barclay. I must likewise repeat the news of this gentlemans sudden death at Lisbon. Col. Humphreys has taken possession of his Papers. The French declaration of War is in the Gazettes herewith. With sentiments of sincere respect I remain Dear Sir Your most faithful and obedient Servant
RC (DNA: RG 59, DD); at foot of text: “The Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 9 Apr. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. PrC (ScHi: Pinckney Family Papers). Tr (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DD).
Pinckney was unable to send a sample ship passport to TJ until the following month (Pinckney to TJ, 13 Mch. 1793).
TJ submitted this letter to the President on 18 Apr. 1793, and Washington returned it the next day (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 110, 114).