George Washington Papers

From George Washington to the United States Senate, 27 May 1794

To the United States Senate

United States 27. May 1794.

Gentlemen of the Senate,

The Executive provisory Council of the French Republic having requested me to recal Gouverneur Morris, our Minister Plenipotentiary in France; I have thought proper, in pursuance of that request, to recal him.1 I therefore nominate, James Monroe, of Virginia, as Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to the said Republic.

I also nominate William Short, now Minister resident for the United States with their high mightinesses, the states general of the United Netherlands; to be Minister resident for the United States to his Catholic majesty, in the room of William Carmichael, who is recalled.

Go: Washington

LS, DNA: RG 46, Third Congress, 1793-95, Senate Records of Executive Proceedings, President’s Messages—Executive Nominations; LB, DLC:GW.

1The French council’s desire for the recall of Gouverneur Morris was made known unofficially by French minister Jean-Antoine-Joseph Fauchet in conversation and in his letter to Secretary of State Edmund Randolph of 9 April (20 Germinal; FrPMAE, Cor. Polit., Etats Unis, 40).

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