Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 12 June 1793

To George Washington

June 12. 1793.

Th: Jefferson has the honor of inclosing to the President the opinion on the two cases of vessels referred to the heads of the department, and the letter he has prepared in consequence to the Attorney of the district. Genl. Knox will wait on him with his letter to the Governor.—Symmes’s case is to be considered of tomorrow, as it required some enquiry.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); addressed: “The Presid[…]”; endorsed by Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr. Tr (Lb in same, SDC). Not recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) Cabinet Opinions on the Republican and the Catharine, 12 June 1793. (2) TJ to Richard Harison, 12 June 1793.

In accordance with a presidential instruction of this date, Henry Knox’s letter to the governor, which has not been found, was supposed to direct Governor George Clinton of New York to hand over to the civil power for prosecution the Republican, a French privateer commissioned in New York City that was currently in the custody of a detachment of the state militia (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 169). For symmes’s case, see preceding document.

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