George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 18 July 1793

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] July 18. 1793.

Th: Jefferson has the honor to inclose to the President a copy of the questions to be proposed to the judges, which he has endeavoured to make with exactness, but cannot be sure he may not have mistaken some of the interlineations of the original he has added at the end those from his own paper which were agreed to. they are the numbers 22. &c to the end.

he incloses also the rough draughts of Colo. Hamilton & Genl Knox; the former may serve to correct any errors of copying which he may have committed.1

AL, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State.

1For the decision to submit questions concerning U.S. neutrality to the Supreme Court, see Cabinet Opinion, 12 July, and note 4. On the selection of the specific questions to be presented, see GW to Jefferson, 18 July, and note 2. For the final list, see the enclosure below. For the lists of questions prepared separately by Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and Henry Knox for discussion at the cabinet meeting on 18 July, see Jefferson Papers description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 41 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950–. description ends , 26:527–33, and Hamilton Papers description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends , 15:110–16. For the refusal of the Supreme Court Justices to receive these questions, see their letter to GW of 8 Aug. 1793.

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