George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Edmund Randolph, 24 December 1793

To Edmund Randolph


⟨My⟩ dear Sir,Philadelphia Decr 24th 1793.

It was my wish, for many reasons (needless to enumerate) to have retained Mr Jefferson in the Administration to the end of the present Session of Congress, but he is so decidedly opposed to it that I can no longer hint this desire to him.

I now wish for your permission to nominate you to it the Office of Secy of State and will add that your compliance would give me pleasure. Mr Jefferson will quit it1 the last day of this month and proposes to set out for Virginia a few days afterwards—I am always & sincerely Your Affecte friend & Servt

Go: Washington

ADfS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DLC:GW.

1GW originally wrote “resign his Commission,” but struck those words and wrote “quit it” above the line.

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