George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 9 March 1793

To Thomas Jefferson

Philada March 9th 1793.

Dear Sir,

The enclosed from Messrs Johnson & Carroll have this instant come to hand. Along with them you will receive the letter (this day read) from Doctr Stuart, that the sentiments of all three of the Commrs may appear at one view.1

I pray you, before Mr Madison leaves town, to lay all three before him and the Attorney Genl; and give me a written Memo. of the measures which you, & they, shall think most advisable for me to pursue—provisionally, or other wise, in this business.2

You will all recollect the points that were touched upon today; I shall not, therefore, repeat them. I am always Yours

Go: Washington

ALS, DLC: Jefferson Papers. On the back of this letter, Jefferson wrote: “what sacrifice to retain Johnson? sum in gross & what? if he goes, any sacrifice to retain other Commrs in town? Commrs in town, sum in gross?”

1The enclosed letters from Thomas Johnson, Daniel Carroll, and David Stuart have not been found. The subject matter of their letters probably reflected previous correspondence on appropriate compensation for their services (GW to D.C. Commissioners, 31 Jan. [first letter], D.C. Commissioners to GW, 8 Feb. 1793, n.1).

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