George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 4 May 1793

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] May 4. 93.

Th: Jefferson presents his respects1 to the President and asks a dozen Passports for present use.2

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

1The letter-book copies omit “his respects.”

2GW signed these passports, or sea 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 128). The passports followed the form outlined in the Treaty of Amity and Commerce with the Netherlands of 1782, because the cabinet had not yet decided whether the American neutrality policy permitted the issuance of passports using the French form (Miller, Treaties, description begins Hunter Miller, ed. Treaties and Other International Acts of the United States of America. Vol. 2, 1776-1818. Washington, D.C., 1931. description ends 28–29, 85–88; Neutrality Proclamation, 22 April, and source note). For the cabinet’s decision to issue passports in the French form, see Jefferson to GW, 4 May (second letter), n.1, and Jefferson’s Notes on a Cabinet Meeting, 6 May.

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