Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 18 March 1793

To George Washington

Mar. 18. 93.

Th: Jefferson has the honor to inclose to the President the copies of the Algerine papers which have been made out to form the basis of instructions for the Commissioner to be appointed. The President will be pleased to consider whether he would chuse to have them altered in any particular.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); addressed: “The President of the US.”; endorsed by Tobias Lear. Tr (Lb in DNA: RG 59, SDC). Not recorded in SJL.

The enclosed Algerine papers—which the President approved without alteration the same day and TJ enclosed in his 21 Mch. 1793 letter to David Humphreys—consisted, with suitable modifications, essentially of those sent to John Paul Jones and Thomas Barclay the year before (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 93).

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