From Tench Coxe
May 17th. 1793
An application has been made to me, since I had the honor of seeing you, to know whether it will be illegal, or, in any respect, improper for a Citizen of the United States to accept the business and to perform the service of an agent for the prizes sent and to be sent into the port of Philadelphia by the French ships of war, public and private. I have promised the applicants information upon the Subject, who will forbear to engage or to act until they receive an answer, and I have no doubt but that they will conform to what may be thought a proper line of conduct in the premises. With great respect, I have the Honor to be, Sir, your most Obedt Servant
RC (DLC); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Coxe; at foot of text: “The Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 May 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Dft (PHi: Coxe Papers).