George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 3 March 1794

From Edmund Randolph

[Philadelphia] Monday Evening. 3d Mar. 94.

E. Randolph has the honor of informing the President, that he has shewn the draught of the letter, to Colo. Hamilton who approved it, except in a word, or two. The commercial resolutions being postponed to Monday, E.R. will take, with the President’s permission, to morrow, in order to revise the letter, and examine some fresh complaints, which have come in to-day.1

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

1The draft may have been Randolph’s letter to GW of 2 March, which summarized merchant complaints about foreign interference with American trade and which GW enclosed in his letter to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives of 5 March. The resolutions postponed until Monday, 10 March, were those introduced by James Madison on 3 January. These seven resolutions were designed to create a policy of commercial retaliation against the British and were prompted, in part, by British interference with American shipping (Annals of Congress description begins Joseph Gales, Sr., comp. The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature. 42 vols. Washington, D.C., 1834–56. description ends , 3d Cong., 1st sess., 155–56, 484–98).

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