George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Gouverneur Morris, 27 May 1791

From Gouverneur Morris

Paris 27 May 1791

Dear Sir

I did intend to give you a pretty full detail of various Matters and Things by Colonel Ternant who will have the Honor to deliver this Letter but I am just about setting off to London which prevents me.1 Colo. Ternant however will give you every Information respecting the Decrees of the Assembly affecting our Commerce and the like2—This he will do confidentially as a man of Honor at least so I beleive because in the first Place there is no Secret in them and because secondly he is very much disposed to do what we would wish to have done, and no man is better informed Very few so well. Accept I pray you the Assurances of my sincere Regard and beleive me truly yours3

Gouvr Morris


1Gouverneur Morris noted in his diary that on 28 May he met with the new French minister to the United States, Jean-Baptiste, chevalier de Ternant, and entrusted him with letters to be delivered in America. Morris left Paris the following morning (Morris, Diary of the French Revolution, description begins Beatrix Cary Davenport, ed. A Diary of the French Revolution by Gouverneur Morris. 2 vols. Boston, 1939. description ends 2:194–95).

2For the acts of the French National Assembly of March 1791 limiting the American tobacco and whale oil trades, see GW to Lafayette, 28 July 1791.

3GW acknowledged the letter on 12 Sept. 1791.

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