George Washington Papers

Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to Thomas Jefferson, 11 December 1793

Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to Thomas Jefferson

December the 11. 1793.

By the Presidents order Bw Dandridge has the honor to transmit the enclosed papers relating to the truce between Portugal & Algiers, to the Secretary of State1—& to inform the Secretary that the President wishes him to prepare such information respecting the same as may be necessary to be made public—and as considerable expence has been incurred in the conveyance of said intelligence to the Goverment of the U.S. to consider what communication shall be made thereupon to Congress.2

AL, DLC: Jefferson Papers; ADf, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State. Jefferson endorsed this letter as “recd Dec. 10. 93,” but GW’s journal of proceedings confirms that 11 Dec. is the correct date (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 266).

1The enclosures, which Jefferson had submitted for GW’s information on this date, included William Carmichael and William Short to Jefferson, 29 Sept., acknowledging letters and discussing their prior correspondence; Edward Church to Jefferson, 8 Oct., giving his opinion that England and Spain intend eventually to “Crush” the United States, and suggesting a commercial agreement involving Portuguese wines and U.S. fish; Church to Jefferson, 12 Oct., reporting the truce between Portugal and Algiers; David Humphreys to Jefferson, 26 Sept., announcing his arrival at Gibraltar; and Humphreys to Jefferson, 6 and 8 Oct., both about the truce between Portugal and Algiers (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 266; 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 , 27:152–53, 161–63, 196–98, 220–23, 230–35).

2Jefferson’s report to GW on this subject, dated 14 Dec., probably was submitted on 15 December. GW conveyed that report to Congress on 16 December. The expense involved the charter of an express vessel (see Jefferson to Alexander Hamilton, 12 Dec., 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 , 27:507).

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