George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the United States House of Representatives, 20 January 1794

From the United States House of Representatives

Monday the 20th of January 1794

In the House of Representatives of the United States.

Resolved, that the President be requested to direct the Secretary of State, to examine whether, among the papers relative to Great Britain, by him laid before the house, a letter from Mr Jefferson to Mr Hammond, of the 5th of Decr 1791. has not been omitted, and if so, to cause the same, or so much thereof as he shall think proper, to be laid before the House:1

Ordered, that Mr Cadwalader & Mr Holten, be a Committee to wait on the President, with the foregoing resolution.2

Extract from the Journal
William Lambert3 for John Beckley, Clerk.

D (written and signed by William Lambert), DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letter; LB, DLC:GW.

1The missing letter from Jefferson to George Hammond of 5 Dec. 1791 should have accompanied GW’s address to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives of 5 Dec. 1793. For this letter, which concerns the possibility of negotiating a treaty of commerce with Great Britain, see 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 , 22:378–79. Following instructions from GW, Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., sent a copy of this resolution to Edmund Randolph, the current secretary of state, on 21 Jan. and requested that he “furnish the letter therein required, if in his possession” (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters).

2New Jersey native Lambert Cadwalader (d. 1823) was a graduate of the College of Philadelphia in 1760, an officer in the Continental army during the Revolutionary War, and a delegate to the Continental Congress, 1785–87. He represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1789–91 and 1793–95.

Dr. Samuel Holten (1738–1816) was a native of Massachusetts, where he served several terms in the state legislature and on the Governor’s Council. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress, 1778–80, 1783–85, and 1787. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1793–95, and then as a judge of the probate court for Essex County, Mass., 1796–1815.

3William Lambert (d. 1834) was a native of Virginia. He served as a clerk in the State Department under Thomas Jefferson, 1790–92, and later in the House of Representatives as the principle assistant to John Beckley (Lambert to Jefferson, 8 June 1793, 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 , 26:234–35).

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