George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Jay, 14 July 1789

To John Jay

New York July 14th 1789

Dear Sir,

I find myself incompetent to form any decided opinion upon the paper I received from you the other day without having a view of the transactions which have been had with the Spanish Minister.1

I wish also to know whether, if the negociations are renewed, it can be made to appear from anything that that Gentln has said, as the result of an advance towards it from him, in his official character? Unless this is the case, and prima facia the reverse, will it not convey to him & his Court an idea that a change of sentiment has taken place in the governing powers of this Country? Will it be expedient & proper (at this moment) for the President to encourage such an idea?—at any rate without previously advising with the Senate? With very sincere esteem & regard I am Dr Sir, Yr Affectionate

G. Washington

Copy, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW.

1The document submitted to GW by John Jay has not been identified but it was presumably material submitted in response to GW’s request to the heads of departments for reports on the state of affairs of the government departments. See GW to John Jay, 8 June 1789, and the Board of Treasury to GW, 15 June 1789, source note.

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