Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 13 August 1793

To George Washington

August 13. 1793

Thomas Jefferson presents his compliments to the President. The report of the Commissioners of public accounts was delivered to Mr. Taylor to be filed away. He was called to new York on Saturday by the illness of his child, and Mr. Blackwell has been searching some time for it without being able to find it. He will continue to search, and when found it shall be sent to the President.

Tr (Lb in DNA: RG 59, SDC); at head of text: “The President of the United States.” Not recorded in SJL.

For the report, see Washington to the Commissioners of Accounts for the States, [22 June 1793], and note. On 15 July 1793 the President sent it to TJ to be copied for presentation to Congress and filed away in his office, but on this day he sent for it “in order to send it to the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury where it should be lodged conformably to an implication of a law passed on the 5th. Augt. 1790” (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 198, 219; see also Annals description begins Annals of the Congress of the United States: The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United StatesCompiled from Authentic Materials, Washington, D.C., Gales & Seaton, 1834–56, 42 vols. All editions are undependable and pagination varies from one printing to another. The first two volumes of the set cited here have “Compiled … by Joseph Gales, Senior” on the title page and bear the caption “Gales & Seatons History” on verso and “of Debates in Congress” on recto pages. The remaining volumes bear the caption “History of Congress” on both recto and verso pages. Those using the first two volumes with the latter caption will need to employ the date of the debate or the indexes of debates and speakers. description ends , ii, 2357–9). On 19 Aug. 1793 the document was located and transmitted to Tobias Lear (George Taylor, Jr., to Lear, 19 Aug. 1793, RC in DNA: RG 59, MLR, endorsed by Lear; Tr in Lb in same, SDC). Lear sent it to Hamilton the same day (Syrett, Hamilton description begins Harold C. Syrett and others, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, New York, 1961–87, 27 vols. description ends , xv, 252–3).

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