George Washington Papers

Tobias Lear to Thomas Jefferson, 13 June 1793

Tobias Lear to Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] June 13. 1793

The President returns to the Secretary of State, with his approbation, the Answer to Mr Hammond’s Memorial—and the letter to M. Morris which have been submitted to him—and hopes the documents mentioned to be sent to Mr Morris will be as full as they can be with propriety.1 The President also suggests the expediency of sending copies of the same to Pinckney by Majr Jackson, or some other direct & safe opportunity.2

AL, DLC: Jefferson Papers. Jefferson docketed this letter as received on 13 June 1793.

1George Hammond’s letter to Jefferson of 11 June concerned the seizure in American waters of the British ship Catherine by the French frigate Embuscade (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 , 26:253–54). Jefferson’s letter to Hammond of 13 June relayed the administration’s position on this incident as expressed in the cabinet opinion of 12 June 1793 (ibid., 270–71). Jefferson’s first letter to Gouverneur Morris of 13 June 1793 touched upon a variety of subjects, including the arrival of Edmond Genet as the new French minister to the United States, the French request for payment of the U.S. debt to France, U.S. relations with the western Indians, and passports for merchant ships. For the full text of this letter and a list of the numerous enclosures, see ibid., 274–76. Jefferson had enclosed these two letters in his first cover letter to GW of 13 June (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters).

2GW’s executive journal indicates that GW desired “all the documents may be transmitted” to Morris “on the subject mentioned to him in the letter,” and also “to our Minister at London,” Thomas Pinckney (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 171; see also Jefferson to Pinckney, 14 June, 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 , 26:286–88). William Jackson was planning to leave for Europe soon (Certificate for William Jackson, 12 June 1793).

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