George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 5 August 1793

From Edmund Randolph

[Philadelphia] Monday. 5th Augt [1793]

Mr Randolph presents his respectful compliments to the President; and has the honor of inclosing to him the paper, on which he had committed his opinion, as to the calling of congress, and which he intended to have transcribed.1 But as he is now engaged in consultation with the heads of the departments, and is on the point of being called to the court, he begs the favor of the President to accept the paper without transcription.2


1For GW’s proposal to call Congress into session earlier than its appointed date of 2 Dec. 1793, see GW to Cabinet, 3 Aug. 1793. For Randolph’s opinion, see the following enclosure.

2On the cabinet meeting of 5 Aug., see Cabinet Opinion, 5 Aug. 1793. In compliance with “An Act to establish the Judicial Courts of the United States,” of 24 Sept. 1789, the Supreme Court convened at Philadelphia for its second session of the year on Monday, 5 Aug. (1 Stat description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends ., 73; Documentary History of the Supreme Court description begins Maeva Marcus et al., eds. The Documentary History of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1789–1800. 8 vols. New York, 1985-2007. description ends , 1:217–19).

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