Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 14 February 1793

To George Washington

Feb. 14. 93.

Th: Jefferson presents his respects to the President and returns him the letters from the Commissioners. He does not recollect whether he shewed him his letter to Ellicot1 the only one he has written to him since last Summer. Lest he should not have done it he now incloses it. He thinks it impossible that any thing in that could have produced ill humour in Ellicot towards the Commissioners and if the President should be of the same opinion, and could recollect it in answering Dr. Stewart, he would be glad he should be informed so.

Th:J. having a petition referred to him by the House of Representatives which renders it necessary for him to examine a little the extent of the claims of the 6. nations Southwardly, in former times, he will thank the President for an hour’s use of Evans’s analysis.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); addressed: “The President of the U.S.”; endorsed by Tobias Lear. Tr (Lb in same, SDC). Not recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) TJ to Andrew Ellicott, 15 Jan. 1793. (2) Commissioners of the Federal District to Washington, 8 Feb. 1793, deferring the question of compensation for their services, stating that they would be unable to continue Ellicott as surveyor if he persisted in his refusal to give an account of his work until May, indicating the need for more money from the second installment of the Virginia grant for the Federal District to expedite their work, and suggesting that Washington obtain payment of the third Maryland installment for that purpose (DNA: RG 42, DCLB). (3) David Stuart to Washington, 8 Feb. 1793 (not found, but see note below).

TJ’s concern over his enclosed letter to Ellicot was prompted by David Stuart’s letter to Washington of 8 Feb. 1793, which has not been found but apparently expressed the belief that the Secretary of State had somehow encouraged Ellicott’s complaints against the Commissioners of the Federal District. Stuart reiterated the complaint to the President ten days later (Stuart to Washington, 18 Feb. 1793, DLC: Washington Papers; for the sequel, see TJ to Washington, 4 Mch. 1793, and note). The petition referred to TJ by the House of Representatives concerned the case of John Rogers, on which see Report on the Petition of John Rogers, 16 Feb. 1793. Evans’s analysis: Lewis Evans, description begins Charles Evans, Clifford K. Shipton, and Roger P. Bristol, comps., American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of all Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America from … 1639 … to … 1820, Chicago and Worcester, Mass., 1903–59, 14 vols. description ends Geographical, Historical, Political, Philosophical and Mechanical Essays. The First, Containing an Analysis of a General Map of the Middle British Colonies in America; And of the Country of the Confederate Indians … (Philadelphia, 1755). See Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 3850.

1Remainder of sentence interlined.

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