George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 12 February 1793

From Thomas Jefferson

Philadelphia Feb. 12. 1793.


According to the desire you expressed the other day when speaking of the application of France for 3. millions of livres, I have the honour to inclose a statement of the Questions which appear to me to enter into the consideration of that application. after putting them on paper, I saw that some developements & observations would be necessary to explain their propriety & connection. these therefore I put down summarily on another paper, also inclosed.1 as they relate to the affairs of another department, some of these ideas may be wrong. you will be readily able however to correct them from the information you possess, or may procure from that department, still however, combining & weighing them with the ideas of others, and, most of all, trying them by your own judgment, they may contribute to enable you to form an ultimate decision of what is right;2 in which decision no man on earth has more entire confidence than he who has the honor to be with sincere and affectionate respect, Dear Sir Your most obedt & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

ALS, DLC:GW; ALS (letterpress copy), DLC: Jefferson Papers.

1For GW’s meeting with Jefferson over the French request mentioned in this letter, see Jefferson to GW, 8 Feb., n.2. These enclosures are printed in full in 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 25:177–82.

2Jefferson’s enclosures hinted at wrongdoing by Alexander Hamilton in his handling of foreign loans. For the congressional investigation into Hamilton’s actions, see U.S. House of Representatives to GW, 23 Jan. 1793, n.1. In an effort to prevent the enmity between Hamilton and Jefferson from negatively affecting his decision on France’s appeal for monies, GW sought advice from Edmund Randolph (Randolph to GW, 14 February).

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