George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 17 June 1792

To Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] June 17th 1792.

Dear Sir,

The Attorney General will, I presume, draw the Deed for the Lot for the Mint. The purchase of it, I approve of.1

If you can aid me in answering the queries of Mr Young, contained in his letter enclosed, I would thank you2—I wish to write to him by Mr Pinckney.3

Is not fish Oil one of the things that will claim the particular attention of Mr Morris?4 Yrs &ca

Go: Washington

ALS, DLC: Jefferson Papers.

1For GW’s approval of the purchase of a house and lot for the use of the U.S. Mint, see GW to Jefferson, 9 June.

2GW enclosed a copy of Arthur Young’s letter to him of 18 Jan. 1792. For Jefferson’s response, see Notes on Arthur Young’s Letter to George Washington, 18 June 1792, printed in Jefferson Papers, description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950–. description ends 24:95–99.

3On 23 June, Thomas Pinckney left Philadelphia for London to assume his position as U.S. minister to the Court of St. James.

4For the duties levied by the French National Assembly on whale oil and the restrictions placed on its importation in March 1791, see Lafayette to GW, 7 Mar. 1791, Gouverneur Morris to GW, 9 Mar. 1791, and GW to Lafayette, 28 July 1791. Jefferson apparently did not consider the matter of much moment. On 16 June 1792 he wrote in a postscript to his letter to Gouverneur Morris: “I have said nothing of our whale oil, because I believe it is on a better footing since the Tariff than before” (Jefferson Papers, description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950–. description ends 24:89).

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