George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 21 March 1793

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] Mar. 21. 93.

Th: Jefferson with his respects to the President incloses him draughts of letters in the Algerine business.1 in that to Colo. Humphreys he proposes a modification of the former instructions in one point,2 on a presumption that the President will be disposed to approve it. he will wait on him to-day to know his pleasure, as also to submit to his consideration the question of Mr Genet’s reception in case of his arrival during the absence of the President.3

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

1These enclosures included Jefferson’s letters of 20 Mar. to Thomas Pinckney and to Willink, Van Staphorst & Hubbard. The third enclosure was his letter to David Humphreys of 21 Mar., in which Jefferson gave instructions to Humphreys about his recent appointment to negotiate the release of the Americans held captive by Algiers. All three letters are 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 25:410–11, 413–14, 420–22. GW approved and returned these letters on this date (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 98).

2GW’s secretary Tobias Lear wrote the following notation at this place on the manuscript: “which is that payment may be made in Naval stores.” This note refers to the sentence in Jefferson’s letter to Humphreys that reads, “Should that Government finally reject peace on the terms in money to which you are authorized to go, you may offer to make the first payment for peace and that ransom in naval stores, reserving the right to make the subsequent annual payments in money.” For the former instructions given to Humphreys’s predecessors, John Paul Jones and Thomas Barclay, see Jefferson to Jones, 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.

3Edmond Genet, the new French minister to the United States, did not arrive at Philadelphia until 16 May, and he presented his letter of credence to GW on 18 May (GW to Alice Delancey Izard, 20 April 1793, note 1, Provisional Executive Council of France to GW, 30 Dec. 1792, note 2; JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 143).

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