George Washington Papers

Tobias Lear to Thomas Jefferson, 15 July 1793

Tobias Lear to Thomas Jefferson

July 15th 1793

In obedience to the President’s commands T. Lear has the honor to return to the Secretary of State the following letters & papers which have been put into the President’s hands by the Secretary. viz.

Genet’s communications relative to Spain

Lettr from Govr. of Pennsya. dated 24th June & Warden’s report.

  • Do from Do 7th July.
  • Copy of Mr Rawle’s letter 9th July
  • Genet’s letter—9 July.1
  • Govr. of Virga letter 28th June.
  • Secy’s lettr to Mr Hammond 26th June
  • Do to Do—25 June
  • Do to Do—25 Do
  • Philips’ letter 7th June
  • Chiappe’ letter 20th March.
  • Simpson’s do—30th Apl2
  • Genet’s lettr—22d June
  • Do Do 25—do
  • Do Do 26—do
  • Do Do 9—July.3
  • Hoben’s notes on Capitol—4
  • B. Minister’s lettr 11th July
  • Soderston’s lettr 11 July
  • Lt. Govr. Wood’s lettre 8 July with enclosures—
  • B. Minister’s lettr 13 July.5
  • Secy’s lettr to M. P. of France 30th June
  • Copy of a lettr from Govr. of Maryland to the Collector of Baltimore 20th June
  • Do of Do—from Collectr to the Govr. 21 June
  • Ext. of a lettr from Govr. of Maryld to Secy of War. 22d June.6
  • Secy’s letter to M. P. of France 12 July
  • Do Do to B. Minister—Do7
  • Do Note to Mess. Viar & Jaudennes 11th July—
  • Instructions to Mr James Blake—12 July—
  • Passport for Do—Do8
  • Secy’s letter to Chief Justice Jay—Do
  • Do Do to Judge Patterson—Do9
  • Do Do to M. P. of France—25 June
  • Do Do to B. Minister—26 Do10

AL, DLC: Jefferson Papers. Jefferson’s docket reads “Washington Presidt recd July 15.93.”

1Jefferson had enclosed the previous five letters in his first memorandum to GW of 11 July.

2Jefferson had enclosed the previous seven letters in his second memorandum to GW of 11 July.

3Jefferson enclosed the letters of 22, 25, June and 9 July in his memorandum to GW of 11–13 July. GW received Genet’s letter of 26 June from Jefferson on 13 July (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 195).

4On architect James Hoban’s notes criticizing the design selected for the Capitol, see Jefferson to GW, 12 July, and note 1.

5GW received the preceding four letters on 13 July (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 195–96). In his letter to Jefferson of 11 July, George Hammond enclosed a deposition from Capt. William Morgan stating that he had no intention of increasing the armaments aboard the British ship Jane during its stay at the port of Philadelphia (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 , 26:469–70). On 12 July, Jefferson received a translation of a 25 March letter from the Swedish grand chancellor Fredrik Sparre to Swedish consul Richard Söderström. Sparre wrote that the consul should assure the U.S. that Sweden intended to maintain its neutrality in the current European wars, and Söderström attested to the authenticity of his translation on 11 July (DNA: RG 59, Notes from Foreign Consuls, 1789–1906). James Wood, the lieutenant governor of Virginia, had written Jefferson on 8 July to report on the problems faced by the residents of Norfolk in taking care of the refugees who had fled there following a successful insurrection of blacks and mulattoes on Saint Domingue (ibid., 455–56). On Hammond’s letter to Jefferson of 13 July, see Cabinet Opinion, 12 July, n.2.

6Jefferson enclosed his letter to Genet of 30 June and an extract of Thomas Sim Lee’s letter of 22 June, with its enclosed letters of 20 and 21 June, in his memorandum to GW of 11–13 July.

7On Jefferson’s letters to Genet and Hammond of 12 July, see Cabinet Opinion, 12 July, and note 2.

8On the three preceding letters, see Jefferson’s first memorandum to GW of 11 July, and note 1.

9On Jefferson’s letters to John Jay and William Paterson of 12 July, see Cabinet Opinion, 12 July, and note 4.

10On Jefferson’s letter to Genet of 25 June, see Jefferson’s memorandum to GW, 11–13 July, and note 4. On Jefferson’s letter to Hammond of 26 June, see Jefferson to GW, 25 July, and note 1.

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