George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 19 June 1793

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] June 19. 1793.

Th: Jefferson has the honor to return to the President the minutes of the 17th inst.1 the letters then agreed on are sent to the Secretaries of the Treasury & war for their corrections, & will then be handed to the President.2

he sends him also a letter from the Attorney of Kentuckey for his information, & because the subject of it belongs to another department.3

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

2For Jefferson’s letter to Edmond Genet of 19 June, which reported that GW “will give the instructions necessary for the settlement of the instalments of principal and interest still due” on the U.S. debt to France, and his first letter to George Hammond of this date, which reported that the French privateers Citoyen Genet and Sans Culotte “were required to depart to the dominions of their own sovereign,” see 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 , 26:320–21. On 19 June Jefferson sent both letters to Alexander Hamilton and Henry Knox for review, and after receiving their approval, he presented them to GW later this date (ibid., 321; JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 183).

3In the enclosed letter, which has not been identified, from George Nicholas to Jefferson of 7 May 1793, Nicholas declined appointment as the U.S. attorney for the District of Kentucky because of the difficulties involved in enforcing federal excise taxes (Jefferson to Nicholas, 15 July, and source note, 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 , 26:507–8). For GW’s nomination of Nicholas, see GW to U.S. Senate, 18 Feb. 1793, and note 4.

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