Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Josef Ignacio de Viar and Josef de Jaudenes, 5 June 1793

To Josef Ignacio de Viar and Josef de Jaudenes

Philadelphia, June 5th. 1793.


I have laid before the President, the letter, which you did me the honor of writing on the 25th. of May. I had, on late, as well as former, occasions, had that of assuring you of the orders given by the President, for befriending your peace with the Indian nations, in your neighborhood: and I do, with the utmost sincerity, assure you, that the question of a contrary aspect, supposed, in your letter, to have been proposed to the Cherokees, has been unauthorized by the President, and unknown to him: and, from the good Opinion entertained of the discretion of Governor Blount, to whom it is imputed, and the whole tenor of his conduct, as far as known to the Government,1 it is strongly presumed, there has been error in your information.

We remain firmly persuaded, that it is for the interest of both nations, to cultivate each other’s peace, with the neighboring Indians, and we are acting faithfully on that principle, in expectation that your Government will prescribe the same rule to it’s officers in our neighborhood, and take measures to be obeyed by them.

The other parts of your communications, have such relation to the subjects in negotiation at Madrid, that it is deemed more expedient to express the President’s sense of them to our Commissioners there. I have the honor to be, with the most perfect respect Gentlemen, Your most obedient and most humble servant

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); in the hand of George Taylor, Jr., signed by TJ; at foot of text: “Messrs. Viar & Jaudenes.” Dft (DLC); in TJ’s hand, unsigned, with date altered by Taylor from 1 to 5 June 1793. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DL). Tr (AHN: Papeles de Estado, legajo 3895); in Spanish; attested by Viar and Jaudenes. Recorded in SJPL. Draft enclosed in TJ to Alexander Hamilton, 1 June [1793], and Hamilton to TJ, 3 June 1793.

TJ first submitted the draft of this letter, dated 1 June 1793, to the President on 31 May 1793. With Washington’s approval he submitted the draft on the following day to a Cabinet meeting unattended by the President and the Secretary of the Treasury. After securing the general approval of the Attorney General and the Secretary of War, TJ consulted with the President on the same day and sent the draft to the Secretary of the Treasury, who gave it his sanction in a letter TJ received on 4 June (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 157, 159).

1Preceding fourteen words interlined in Dft.

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