Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Hammond, 19 June 1793

To George Hammond

Philadelphia June 19. 1793.


I had the honour to address you a letter on the 29th. of May was twelvemonth on the articles still unexecuted of the treaty of peace between the two nations. The subject was extensive and important, and therefore rendered a certain degree of delay in the reply, to be expected. But it has now become such as naturally to generate disquietude. The interest we have in the Western posts, the blood and treasure which their detention costs us daily, cannot but produce a corresponding anxiety1 on our part. Permit me therefore to ask when I may expect the honour of a reply to my letter, and to assure you of the sentiments of respect with which I have the honor to be Sir your most obedient & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot oftext: “The Minister pleny. of Gr. Britain.” Tr (DNA: RG 46, Senate Records, 3d Cong., 1st sess.). FC (Lbin DNA: RG 59, DL). Tr (Lbin PRO: FO 116/3). Tr (same, 5/1). Printed in Message description begins A Message of the President of the United States to Congress Relative to France and Great-Britain. Delivered December 5, 1793. With the Papers therein Referred to. To Which Are Added the French Originals. Published by Order of the House of Representatives, Philadelphia, 1793 description ends , 105. Enclosed in TJ to George Washington, 19 June 1793.

TJ dispatched this letter to the British minister only after it was approved by the President and the Cabinet on the following day (Cabinet Opinion on Relations with Spain and Great Britain, 20 June 1793). See also note to TJ to Hammond, 29 May 1792.

1Word interlined in ink in place of “impatience.”

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