Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Edmond Charles Genet, 23 June 1793

To Edmond Charles Genet

Philadelphia June 23. 1793.


I have the honor to inform you that in consequence of the general orders given by the President, a privateer fitted out by English subjects within the state of Georgia to cruize against the citizens of France has been seized by the Governor of Georgia, and such legal prosecutions are ordered as the case will justify. I beg you to be assured that the government will use the utmost vigilance to see that the laws which forbid these enterprises are carried into strict execution. I have the honor to be with great & sincere esteem, Sir, Your most obedt. & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Minister Plenipotentiary of France.” PrC of Tr (DLC); in a clerk’s hand. Tr (NNC: Gouverneur Morris Papers). Tr (DNA: RG 46, Senate Records, 3d Cong., 1st sess.). PrC (PRO: FO 97/1). FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DL). Tr (DLC: Genet Papers). Tr (same); in French; docketed by Genet. 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 , 40. Enclosed in TJ to Gouverneur Morris, 16 Aug. 1793.

TJ wrote this letter two days after submitting to the President a letter from the Governor of Georgia on the seizure of a British privateer in that state (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 185; Edward Telfair to TJ, 1 June 1793).

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