Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Edmond Charles Genet, 16 August 1793

To Edmond Charles Genet

Philadelphia Aug. 16. 1793.


The President of the US. has received the letter which you addressed to him from New York on the 13th. instant, and I am desired to observe to you that it is not the established course for the diplomatic characters residing here to have any direct correspondence with him. The Secretary of state is the organ thro’ which their communications should pass.

The President does not concieve it to be within the line of propriety or duty for him to bear evidence against a declaration which, whether made to him or others, is perhaps immaterial. He therefore declines interfering in the case. I have the honor to be with great respect, Sir, Your most obedt. & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Genet Papers); at foot of text: “The Minister Plenipotentiary of the republic of France.” PrC (DLC). PrC of Tr (DLC); in the hand of George Taylor, Jr. PrC of another Tr (NNC: Gouverneur Morris Papers); in a clerk’s hand. PrC of another Tr (PRO: FO 97/1); in Taylor’s hand. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DL). Tr (DLC: Genet Papers); in French. Tr (AMAE: CPEU, xxxviii); in French. Enclosed in TJ to Gouverneur Morris, 16 Aug. 1793.

For the letter in question, and its publication with this response from TJ, see enclosure to George Washington to TJ, 15 Aug. 1793, and note.

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