George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., 8 July 1793

From Jonathan Trumbull, Jr.

Lebanon [Conn.] 8th July 1793


The inclosed papers, respecting our unfortunate Citizens, captives in Algiers, came to my Hand a Day or two ago—their contents are of such a nature that I think it my duty to transmit them to the supreme Executive of the Union.1 With perfect respect—and unfeigned Regard—I have the Honor to be—Sir Your most Obedt & humle Servant

Jona. Trumbull

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; ADf, NHi: Naval History Society Collection.

1The enclosed papers sent by Trumbull, a Connecticut congressman, have not been identified. On 16 July, GW returned to Trumbull “a letter addressed to Mr. Jona. Trumbull from the American Captives at Algiers” (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 200). On Thomas Jefferson’s opinion of the news contained in this letter, see Jefferson to GW, 15 July. On U.S. efforts to negotiate the release of these captives, see Jefferson to GW, 8 June 1793, and note 2.

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