George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 23 May 1792

From Thomas Jefferson

Philadelphia May 23. 1792.

Dear Sir

Since my letter of the 18th we have had no confirmation of the capture of Tippoo Saib,1 nor of a fable current since that of the massacre of the king of France. this last was current in Philadelphia two or three days, and had the merit I believe of being raised here, as no source for it could ever be found. letters of Mar. 1. & 16. from mister Barclay at Gibraltar contradict the death of Muley Ishem, but confirm that of the emperor Yezid: he supposes it rather probable however that Selima (the best of them) will continue emperor. should there be a division of the empire between him & Ishem, he shall have to visit both. he was about to proceed immediately, considering the crisis sufficiently over to justify his visiting Selima. between the victory obtained by Yezid & his death, which was two weeks, he put to death upwards of twenty thousand persons in cold blood, without respect to age or sex. he gave up the Jews to plunder: and in the pillage, little discriminated, which took place, Francis Chiappe lost his whole property.2

I inclose a letter I wrote two days ago, which being long and not on subjects of news, can be read at your best leisure.3 I have the honour to be with the most perfect attachment & respect Sir your most obedt & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; ALS (letterpress copy), DLC: Jefferson Papers; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State; LB (photocopy), DLC:GW.

1For the defeat of Tippoo Saib and the capture of his capital, Seringapatam, during the Third Mysore War, see GW to Robert Sinclair, 6 May, n.1.

2For calendared versions of Thomas Barclay’s letters to Jefferson of 1 and 16 Mar., see Jefferson Papers, description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 41 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950–. description ends 23:174, 285–86.

3For the enclosed letter, see Jefferson’s second letter to GW of this date.

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