George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate and House of Representatives, 22 January 1794

To the United States Senate and House of Representatives

United States 22d January 1794.

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

I forward to you extracts from the last advices from our Minister in London;1 as being connected with communications already made.2

Go: Washington

LS, DNA: RG 46, Third Congress, 1793–95, Senate Records of Legislative Proceedings, President’s Messages; LB, DLC:GW.

1On 21 Jan., Edmund Randolph sent GW two letters from Thomas Pinckney addressed to the Secretary of State. The first, which Pinckney erroneously dated 12 Aug. 1793, enclosed a copy of a decree of 3 Sept. from the British Court of Admiralty, and the second letter was that of 11 Nov. 1793 (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 278–79). The extract sent to Congress from the letter dated 12 Aug. described Pinckney’s recent discussions with Lord Grenville (William Wyndham Grenville; 1759–1834), the British foreign secretary, on the subject of neutral shipping and the enclosed decree clarified British regulations concerning compensation for the seizure of neutral American ships and cargoes. The extract from the 11 Nov. letter reported that Tuscany and Genoa had “been obliged to abandon” their neutrality by the “commanders of a combined Spanish and British fleet” and that a recent proclamation required “our vessels from Pennsylvania Jersey and Delaware to perform a quarantine of fourteen days” (DNA: RG 46, Third Congress, 1793–95, Senate Records of Legislative Proceedings, President’s Messages). Both extracts and the decree are printed in 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 , 1:315. The original letters and decree received by Randolph are in RG 59, Despatches from U.S. Ministers to Great Britain.

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