George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Knox, 26 August 1793

To Henry Knox

Philada Augt 26th 1793


The enclosed letter from the Governor of the State of Delaware dated the 23d instt came to hand this moment.

The occasion requires something to be written, or done in consequence of the information.1

G. Washington


1GW enclosed Joshua Clayton’s first letter to him of 23 Aug. 1793, which has not been found. According to GW’s executive journal for 26 Aug., the date of this letter’s receipt, the governor informed GW about the arrival at New Castle of the prize Ann and Susan, accompanied by the French privateers Petite Démocrate and Carmagnole. The privateers detained over four hundred passengers on board “until all the B—[h] Goods on board, shou’d be delivered up, without which the vessel should be carried to Martinique. that he had not the means of enforcing obedience. that he was sick & unable to attend to the business & therefore gave notice to the President” (LB, DLC:GW, Series 2, Letter Book 41; see also JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 231–32). For an earlier notice about the Ann and Susan, see Alexander Hamilton to GW, 22 Aug. 1793, and note 1. For the administration’s response to this incident, see Knox to GW, 27 Aug. 1793 (first letter), and note 1.

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