George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 18 March 1793

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] Mar. 18. 93.

Th: Jefferson has the honor to inclose to the President the copies of the Algerine papers which have been made out to form the basis of instructions for the Commissioner to be appointed. the President will be pleased to consider whether he would chuse to have them altered in any particular.1

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

1The enclosed papers were similar to those Jefferson sent to John Paul Jones on 1 June 1792 (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 24:3–10). GW approved these papers without any alterations (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 93). Jefferson enclosed these papers in his letter to David Humphreys of 21 Mar. (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 25:420–22). For more information on these instructions, see Jefferson to GW, 21 Mar. 1793; JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 93–94. For the appointment of Humphreys as the new U.S. commissioner to negotiate the release of American captives from Algiers, see Thomas Barclay to GW, 27 Dec. 1792, and note 1, and Humphreys to GW, 8 Feb. 1793, and notes.

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