George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 23 August 1793

To Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] Friday. 23d Augt [1793]

The President requests Mr Jefferson would bring with him the French Minister’s letter, communicating his powers to enter upon a New, & liberal Commercial Treaty.1

AL, DLC: Jefferson Papers. Jefferson’s docket reads: “recd Aug. 23. 93.”

1The letter requested was Edmond Genet to Jefferson of 23 May 1793 (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 , 26:96–99). On GW’s decision to call a cabinet meeting to consider this letter and its proposal, see Jefferson to GW, 22 Aug. 1793, and notes. For the decision reached, see Cabinet Opinion on the Recall of Edmond Genet, 23 Aug. 1793, and note 4.

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