George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 4 July 1793

To Thomas Jefferson

Mount Vernon July 4th 1793.

Dear Sir,

I send, for the information and consideration of the Heads of the Departments, a letter which I received by the post of yesterday from the Governor of North Carolina, stating the measures which he has taken relative to a privateer fitted out from South Carolina under a French Commission, and which had arrived, with a prize, in the Port of Wilmington in North Carolina.1

I intend setting out for Philadelphia on Sunday next; but do not expect to reach that place till Thursday, as I shall be detained in George Town the remainder of the day on which I leave this.2 With very great regard, I am, Dear Sir, Your Affecte & Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tobias Lear’s writing, DLC: Jefferson Papers; Df, in Tobias Lear’s writing, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. Jefferson docketed the LS as received on 10 July 1793.

1For the enclosure, see Richard Dobbs Spaight to GW, 24 June 1793. On the cabinet’s response, see Cabinet Opinion, 5 Aug. 1793.

2GW departed Mount Vernon on Sunday, 7 July, and arrived at Philadelphia on Thursday, 11 July (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 190).

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