Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Edward Telfair, 1 June 1793

From Edward Telfair

State House, Augusta 1st June 1793


Your Communication of the 26th. April last, with its enclosure being the Proclamation of the President of the United States, enjoining a strict neutrality with the European powers at War, came this day to hand; nothing has as yet been attempted in this State, except one case, on which immediate order was taken, which is herewith transmitted: I shall make every exertion to cause a due observance of the said neutrality. I have the honor to be Sir Your most obedt. Servt.

Edrd. Telfair

RC (MHi: Charles E. French Collection); in the hand of William Urquhart, signed by Telfair; at foot of text: “The Secretary of The United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 21 June 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Executive Order, Augusta, 17 May 1793, referring the deposition of John Cerisier concerning the fitting out of an English privateer by William Oakman and others to the Department of the Attorney General to be dealt with according to law (Tr in DNA: RG 59, LGS; in Urquhart’s hand and attested by him).

TJ submitted this 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).

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