George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Edmund Randolph, 27 March 1793

To Edmund Randolph

United States [Philadelphia] March 27t[h] 1793


In consequence of your letter to me of the 25t[h] inst. stating the opinion of the Secretarry of State, the Secretary of the Treasury and yourself, on the subject of a suit instituted against Mr Bingham1—and suggesting the propriety of giving instructions to the Attorney for the United S. in the Massachusetts Dist. to appear in behalf of Mr Bingham2—provided that Mr Bingham will execute certain engagements as mentiond in your letter aforesaid—I do hereby direct you to take such steps in this affair as may be proper & for the Intere[s]t of the U. S. to pursue.3

G. W——n

Copy, in Tobias Lear’s writing, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW.

1Randolph’s letter of 25 Mar., which GW received that same date, has not been found (JPP, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends 106). For William Bingham’s case, see Hamilton to GW, 20 Mar. 1793 (second letter), and notes 1–2.

2The U.S. district attorney for Massachusetts was Christopher Gore.

3The lawsuit involving Bingham lasted into the early 1800s (see ibid., n.4).

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