Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 15 July 1793

To George Washington

July 15. 93.

Th: Jefferson with his respects to the President returns him Montmorin’s letter, which he thought he would wish to keep, and sends him a letter from Govr. Chittenden, open as he received it. Also the letter from Algiers in which there is nothing new but their present marine force in the last page but one.1

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); with final sentence written a day later (see note 1 below); addressed: “The President of the US.”; endorsed by Tobias Lear. Tr (Lb in same, SDC). Not recorded in SJL.

Montmorin’s letter: see Enclosure i to first Memorandum to Washington, [11 July 1793]. The letter from Governor Thomas Chittenden of Vermont has not been found. The Letter from Algiers, transmitted to TJ by Washington on 16 July 1793, was addressed to Congressman Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., of Connecticut, by the American captives there (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 200). Writing to the President in a letter of 8 July 1793 from Lebanon, Connecticut, Trumbull had forwarded it among certain “inclosed papers” respecting the captives that he deemed “of such a nature that I think it my duty to transmit them to the supreme Executive of the Union” (DNA: RG 59, MLR). None of the papers have been found.

1Sentence added on 16 July 1793 when the President transmitted to TJ the enclosure mentioned therein.

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