Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Monroe, 4 December 1793

From James Monroe

Decr. 4. 1793.

Dear Sir

I find the establishment of the charge against Mr. G: will depend principally upon what you heard Mr. Dallas say. This latter will deny that he ever said any thing like what the certificate states. Jay and King heard it from Hamilton and Knox, these latter from Mifflin and I am told that1 there is a difference between those Gentlemen and Mifflin, and likewise between him and Dallas as to what they respectively stated. So that the fact will be disproved against them, unless the circumstances they are able to adduce are supported by you. If they procure from the President your report to him will not this transfer the business from them to him. I have just heard the above and transmit it for your information.

Jas. Monroe

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 4 Dec. 1793 and so recorded in SJL.

Certificate: the 29 Nov. 1793 statement by Alexander Hamilton and Henry Knox on the French minister’s threat during the Little Sarah affair in July 1793 to appeal from the President to the American people (see note to Proposed Public Statement on Edmond Charles Genet [ca. 16 Dec. 1793]). your report: Memorandum of a Conversation with Edmond Charles Genet, 10 July 1793.

1Monroe here canceled “Mifflin says he never stated it.”

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