George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 27 February 1794

From Edmund Randolph

[Philadelphia] Feby 27. 1794.

The Secretary of State has the honor to inform the President, that it appears by a letter, just received from Mr Latimer, the representative of Delaware, that the numbers of distressed people from St Domingo in that State probably amount to about an hundred.1 It is submitted to the President, whether it will not be better to give a sum to them out of the remaining five thousand dollars, rather than to disturb the distribution of the ten thousand, as already suggested.2

AL, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, GW’s Letters to His Secretaries of State; LB, DNA: RG 59, Domestic Letters.

1Henry Latimer’s letter to Randolph of c.27 February has not been identified.

2On the proposed distribution of $15,000 in federal funds designated to assist the refugees from Saint Domingue, see Randolph’s first letter to GW of this date. On the actual disbursement of these funds as of 11 April, including $500 to Delaware, see n.1 of Cabinet Opinion, 22 April.

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