Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Currie, 9 November 1793

From James Currie

Richmond Novr. 9th. 1793

Dr Sir

I take the liberty of troubling you with this line by Mr. Greenup just to remind you of (as soon as matters of more consequence will permit) my affair with Griffin, to have it if possible brought to a speedy and favorable issue, being much afraid that some Chicanery has, or will be, practised, to defraud me of justice ultimately I conceive Your particular enquiry […] which you was kind enough in your last letter to promise me should take place in regard to the former and future management of it. Colo. T.M.R. lays dangerously ill at Colo. Harvies here and I believe Will soon leave us. This assembly of Delegates have Approved, the Presidents Proclamation, the senate has not confirmed their Vote so the matter stands at present. With my most cordial Wishes for your future happiness I am With the most sincere Regard Dr Sir Your M Obt H Serv

James Currie

RC (MHi); one word illegible; endorsed by TJ as received 6 Dec. 1793 and so recorded in SJL.

By a 77–48 roll call vote on 1 Nov. 1793 the Virginia House of Delegates passed a resolution which approved the Presidents proclamation of Neutrality as “a politic and constitutional measure, wisely adopted at a critical juncture, and happily calculated to preserve to this country the inestimable blessings of peace,” but a week later the Senate rejected it. A House resolution praising Governor Henry Lee’s efforts to put the Proclamation into effect met a similar fate in the Senate (JHD, description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends Oct.-Dec. 1793, p. 31; Virginia Senate Journal, Oct.-Dec. 1793 [Richmond, 1794], 8, 11).

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