Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Hammond, 19 June 1793

To George Hammond

Philadelphia. June 19. 1793.


In answer to your letter of the 14th. inst. I have the honor to inform you that the French privateers therein mentioned were required to depart to the dominions of their own sovereign, and nothing particularly expressed as to their ulterior movements; that it is expected that the speedy departure of those vessels will obviate the inconveniencies apprehended in your letter; and that it will be considered whether any practicable arrangements can be adopted to prevent the augmentation of the force of the armed vessels of any of the belligerent powers within our ports by means which we have a right to controul. I have the honour to be with great respect Sir your most obedient & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Minister Plenipotenty. of Gr. Britain.” FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DL). Tr (Lb in PRO: FO 116/3). Tr (same, 5/1). Recorded in SJPL. Enclosed in TJ to Alexander Hamilton and Henry Knox, 19 June 1793.

TJ drafted this letter at the behest of the President and the Cabinet and secured approval of it from Alexander Hamilton and Henry Knox—the only other Cabinet members in Philadelphia at this time—before submitting it to Washington on this day (Cabinet Opinion on French Privateers, 17 June 1793; TJ to Hamilton and Knox, 19 June 1793; Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 183).

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