George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 15 May 1794

From Edmund Randolph

Thursday morning [15 May 1794]

The Secretary of State begs the favor of the President to cast his eye over the inclosed draft of a letter, intended for Govr Sinclair, and Mr Sergeant respectively; and to signify his pleasure thereon.1

AL, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters. The letter is docketed, "From the Secy of State 15 May 1794."

1A copy of Randolph’s proposed letter of this date to Arthur St. Clair was entered into the Domestic Letters letter book (DNA: RG 59) with the notation "The same to Winthrop Sargent Esqre." The letter expressed GW’s "dissatisfaction" with St. Clair’s "long absence from the exercise of your functions in the government North-west of the Ohio" and urged St. Clair’s "return to the discharge of your office." However, the letter-book copyist added, "The two letters immediately preceding were not sent, being superceded by an interview, which produced an explanation to the president in writing; upon which he has since said nothing more to the Secretary of State." St. Clair and Randolph apparently met on 17 May (Randolph to St. Clair, 16 May, DNA: RG 59, Domestic Letters). Sargent wrote Randolph on 17 May "stating the cause of his long absence from the No. Western territory"; that letter was forwarded to GW, who returned it to Randolph on 22 May (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 304).

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