George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 28 December 1793

To Thomas Jefferson

Saturday Afternoon [28 December 1793]

Dear Sir,

I have received with vexation the enclosure you have just sent me from the French Minister: and pray you to take the opinion of the Gentlemen upon the measure proper to be taken in this business.1 Every day, more & more discovers the intention of this Agent to perplex this Government, and to scatter thick & wide the Seeds of dissention. Yours always—

Go: Washington

ALS, DLC: Jefferson Papers. Jefferson endorsed this letter as “recd Dec. 28.”

1A note signed by Alexander Hamilton, Henry Knox, and Edmund Randolph on Jefferson’s retained draft of his letter to French Minister Edmond Genet on this subject, 31 Dec., states that the letter was “submitted to the correction of the Secretaries of the Treasury & war & the Atty Genl” and “approved” (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 , 27:649). For that letter, see GW to Jefferson, 31 Dec., n.1.

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