George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 19 May 1794

From Edmund Randolph

Monday morning. May 19. 1794.


I do myself the honor of handing to you the following names, for consideration, as successors to Mr Morris; without however undertaking to say by any means, that I could recommend all of them.

Edward Rutledge South Carolina
James Innes Virginia
William Paca Maryland
Govr Mifflin Pennsylvania
Governor Lee Virginia

Colo. Hamilton, General Knox and Mr Bradford either have or will furnish their lists.1 General Knox said something of Charles Jervis of Boston.

The message as to the attack on the Spanish dominions is going round to the gentlemen; and I expect, that the papers to accompany it are done; tho’ the principal clerk is not yet in the office to inform me.2

The Spanish commissioners have fixed this morning to have an interview with me at 10 o’clock, concerning the vexations and spoliations on our trade by the Spanish cruisers.3 I have the honor sir to be with the highest respect yr mo. ob. serv.

Edm: Randolph


1See Alexander Hamilton’s List of Candidates, this date, and Henry Knox to GW, 18 May. No list from William Bradford has been found.

3Randolph had requested such an interview in his circular to foreign ministers of 15 May (see Randolph to GW, 15 May, n.1).

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