George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 9 September 1787]

Sunday 9th. Dined at Mr. Morris’s after making a visit to Mr. Gardoqui who as he says came from New York on a visit to me.

Today GW wrote George Augustine Washington that he thought the convention would adjourn within a week. “God grant I may not be disappointed in this expectation, as I am quite homesick” (John Rylands Library, Manchester, Eng.).

On 19 May 1787 Diego de Gardoqui (1735–1798), Spanish representative in the United States, wrote GW from New York requesting “the honor of a personal acquaintance with your Excellency” (DLC:GW). GW replied on 31 May: “I look with much pleasure to the moment which promises me the honor of a personal acquaintance with your Excellency” (DLC:GW). Gardoqui was in the third year of frustrating negotiations regarding American rights to navigate the lower Mississippi River, which then ran through Spanish territory. GW’s cryptic entry here may reflect his concern at being dragged into the emotional and nationally divisive debate of “the Spanish negociation,” lately described as being “in a very ticklish situation” (James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 23 April 1787, MADISON description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds. The Papers of James Madison, Congressional Series. 17 vols. Chicago and Charlottesville, Va., 1962–91. description ends , 9:400; see also GW to Gardoqui, 28 Nov. 1787, DLC:GW).

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