George Washington Papers

Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to Thomas Jefferson, 19 June 1793

Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to Thomas Jefferson

United States 19th June 1793.

By direction of the President of the U. States, Bw Dandridge has the honor to enclose to the Secretary of State, two pardons—one for Hezekiah Usher, the other for Geo. Dunbar Usher, in order to have the Ud States seal affixed to them;1 and to request that the Secretary will wait on the President tomorrow morning at nine o’Clock, to take into consideration certain matters which were postponed on Monday.2

AL, DLC: Jefferson Papers; ADf, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. Jefferson docketed the AL as received on 19 June 1793.

1On the 1791 conviction of Hezekiah and George Dunbar Usher for smuggling and the support for their pardons, see Tobias Lear to Alexander Hamilton, 14 Mar. 1793, and notes 1–2; JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 183. According to the draft of these two pardons, prepared for GW by Edmund Randolph, Hezekiah Usher’s fine of $1,900 was revoked, as was George Dunbar Usher’s fine of $400 (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters, filed under 30 Dec. 1793).

The DS of George D. Usher’s pardon, dated 19 June, is located at MWalNANE: RG 21, United States District Court Criminal Case Files, Rhode Island, 1791.

2The matters postponed from Monday, 17 June, were “further postponed” at the cabinet meeting that convened at 9 a.m. on 20 June. For the subjects that were discussed instead, see ibid., and Cabinet Opinion, 20 June 1793. For the issues related to the presence of French privateers and prizes in American ports that were postponed from both the 17 and 20 June cabinet meetings, see Edmond Genet to Jefferson, 14 June, and Jefferson’s second letter to Genet of 17 June, which was not sent (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 , 26:283–84, 301–2; see also JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 178, 180–81).

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