George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the Commissioners for Settling Accounts Between the United States and the Individual States, 22 June 1793

To the Commissioners for Settling
Accounts Between the United States
and the Individual States

Phila. June 22d 17931


Having considered the two questions referred to me in your letters of yesterday,2 I am of opinion that the Report of your proceedings may be made to the President of the U.S. and that your books & papers will be most properly deposited in the Treasury department. you will therefore be pleased to deliver them to the order of the Secretary of the Treasury.3

Should there be any thing in this business requiring, in your opinions, my further agency, I shall be ready at any time to give the necessary attention thereto either personally or in writing.

Go. W.

DfS, in Thomas Jefferson’s writing, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW.

1GW added the dateline.

2GW had presented the commissioners’ second letter of 21 June at the cabinet meeting held earlier this date, and this reply was composed after he obtained a “unanimous opinion” (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 187).

3The commissioners delivered their books and accounts on 29 June 1793 (Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 29 June 1793, 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 , 26:401–4). For the report submitted to GW, see Commissioners to GW, 29 June 1793. GW signed “G. W—n” after this paragraph. Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., then wrote the final paragraph over these initials and added “Go. W.” at the end.

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