To Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and Henry Knox
United States [Philadelphia] March 9th 1793
Expecting that my private Affairs will call me to Virginia on or before the 25th of this month,1 I have to request that you will lay before me, previous to that time, such matters within your department as may require my attention or agency before I set out; as well as those which might be necessary for me to know or act upon during my absence from the Seat of Government (which will be about four weeks) so far as such may come to your knowledge before my departure.
LS, in Tobias Lear’s writing, DLC: Jefferson Papers; Df, in Lear’s writing, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State; LB (photocopy), DLC:GW. The letter-book copy indicates that this document was a “Circular” that was sent to Hamilton, Jefferson, and Knox.
1. GW left for Mount Vernon on 27 Mar., and he arrived back in Philadelphia on 17 April (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 107). For some of GW’s reasons for visiting Mount Vernon, see GW to Burwell Bassett, Jr., 4 March.