From Thomas Jefferson
Nov. 24. 93.
Th: Jefferson with his respects to the President returns the inclosed. he will mention M. de la Fayette to mister Pinckney in a letter he is now about to write, to go by the William Penn on Thursday.1
The other paper was inserted in Brown’s paper of Friday, probably by the governor.2
AL, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State.
1. The enclosure was Lafayette’s letter to the Princess Hénin of 15 March, which GW had transmitted in his letter to Jefferson of 22 November. Jefferson wrote to Thomas Pinckney on 27 Nov., “We wish to hear from you on the subject of M. de la Fayette, tho we know that circumstances do not admit sanguine hopes” (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 , 27:450–51). The following Thursday was 28 November.
2. Jefferson was referring to the letter from Philadelphia commissioners to Thomas Mifflin, 14 Nov., regarding their preparations for the accommodation of Congress (see Mifflin to GW, 15 Nov., n.1). The commissioners’ letter was published in Andrew Brown’s Federal Gazette and Philadelphia Daily Advertiser of 22 November.