George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 1 May 1794

From Edmund Randolph

[Philadelphia] May 1. 1794.

I am of opinion, that a passport ought to be granted for the above vessel,1 on condition, that she take any freight of provisions, which the owners of the vessels, detained at Bourdeaux ma<y> choose to put on board for their use.

Edm: Randolph

ADS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.

1This note was written on a letter of 1 May addressed to Randolph from Philadelphia merchants Reed & Forde: "We have a ship at Bourdoux and from the late advices fear that when the Embargo is taken of[f] there she as well as all the other Vessells in that Port will be prevented from sailing for America for want of Provisions, we propose sending a Vessell with Provisions for that Port expressly to supply the American shiping provided we can obtain a permission to depart.

"we shall be glad to be favourd with your Answer & are Sir yr Hbl. serts."

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