George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Noailles, 4 May 1793

From Noailles

Saturday—Seven [4 May 1793]

When Viscount Noailles accepted the invitation of Mr President he expected early this morning the Papers and things he left in the new Pigou, he has been waiting this morning after them without Succès. as Soon as the visit of the officers will be Made aboard the Ship he will have the honour to wait upon M. President and inquire which hour he may be introduced.1


1No written invitation from GW to Louis-Marie, vicomte de Noailles, has been found. The new Pigou, with Noailles aboard and commanded by “Capt. Loxley,” arrived in Philadelphia from London on Friday, 3 May (Pennsylvania Gazette [Philadelphia], 8 May 1793). For the purpose of Noailles’s trip to the United States and details on the diplomatic questions raised about the propriety of his meeting with GW, see GW to Alexander Hamilton, 5 May, nn.3–4.

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