George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, 23 December 1793

To the United States Senate and House of Representatives

United States 23d December 1793.

Gentlemen of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives.

Since the communications which were made to you on the affairs of the United States with Spain and on the Truce between Portugal and Algiers, some other papers have been received which making a part of the same subjects are now communicated for your information.1

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LS, DNA: RG 46, Third Congress, 1793–95, Senate Records of Legislative Proceedings, President’s Messages; Copy, DNA: RG 233, Third Congress, 1793–95, House Records of Legislative Proceedings, Journals; LB, DLC:GW. The letter-book copy at the DLC contains the note, “Copies of the above mentioned papers may be found on file.” This message was received by Congress on 24 Dec. (Journal of the House description begins The Journal of the House of Representatives: George Washington Administration 1789–1797. Edited by Martin P. Claussen. 9 vols. Wilmington, Del., 1977. description ends , 6:41–42; Journal of the Senate description begins The Journal of the Senate including The Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate: George Washington Administration 1789–1797. Edited by Martin P. Claussen. 9 vols. Wilmington, Del., 1977. description ends , 6:19).

1For the previous communications, see GW’s two letters to Congress of 16 December (letters 1 & 2). The documents enclosed with this message included José de Jaudenes to Thomas Jefferson, 18 Dec., with enclosures, and Jefferson’s reply to Jaudenes and José Ignacio de Viar, 21 Dec., about Indian relations on the southern border (ASP, Foreign Relations description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends , 1:304–6; see also 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 , 27:584–85, 603–4). Also submitted were Edward Church’s two letters to Jefferson of 22 Oct. (letters 1 & 2), with enclosures, and David Humphreys’s letter to Jefferson of 7 Oct., about dangers to U.S. shipping arising out of the truce between Algiers and Portugal (see Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., to Jefferson, 23 Dec., and 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 , 27:199–200, 262–67).

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