Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Gouverneur Morris, 5 April 1793

From Gouverneur Morris

Paris 5 April 1793

Dear Sir

I did myself the Honor of writing to you No. 26 Yesterday. Colo. Touzard who takes Charge of my Letters having been detaind a Day longer it furnishes the Opportunity of sending this Day’s Gazettes and such Intelligence as is now arriv’d. It appears that the Army of Dumouriez is attach’d to him and will go all the Lengths which he desires. What is worse is that the Militia also adhere so that he has all Chances now in his Favor and probably as soon as the Magazines are duly replenished he will advance for under such Circumstances we are not to expect much Resistance from the frontier Towns. The Affair of Custines has been very serious: the Garrison of Mayence is shut up in that Town and if it Capitulates the Enemy derive from the Magazines lodg’d in it the Means needful for ulterior Operations. Hence I conclude that such Terms will be offered as will [be]1 accepted of. Custines left Flank is entirely open and in all human Probability the several Passes in the Vosge Mountains will be occupied by the Column of Hessians and in that Case his Retreat to France becomes impossible and he must make the best of it in Alsace. Every Hour is now big with important Events and how Matters will go in this City the Lord knows. I am with Esteem and Respect Dr Sir Your obedient Servant

Gouv Morris

RC (DNA: RG 59, DD); at head of text: “No. 27”; at foot of first page: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 21 June 1793 and so recorded in SJL. FC (Lb in DLC: Gouverneur Morris Papers); with correction by Morris. Tr (DNA: RG 46, Senate Records, 3d Cong., 1st sess.); at head of text: “Duplicate.” PrC (DNA: RG 59, MD). Tr (Lb in same, DD). A Dupl recorded in SJL as received on 9 Sep. 1793 has not been found.

TJ submitted Morris’s letter to the President on 21 June 1793 (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 185–6).

1Omitted word supplied from FC, where it is interlined in Morris’s hand.

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