To Edmund Randolph
Baltimore June 19th 1794
At five oclock this afternoon I reached this place, and shall proceed on in the morning.
Mr Adams’ Commission, as Minister Resident to the United Netherlands, was signed, if I recollect rightly, before I left Philadelphia. If his letters of Credence are forwarded to me by the Post, they also shall be signed & returned to you; to supersede the necessity of his waiting for them in case every thing else should be in readiness, before I return.1
As his duties at the Hague, will be few, & simple; chiefly of a pecuniary sort; there will be no necessity for detaining him to obtain my approbation of his instructions but I would have the Secretary of the Treasury consulted thereon.
ADf, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State.
1. GW signed the commission for John Quincy Adams as minister to the United Netherlands on 13 June (JPP description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797. Charlottesville, Va., 1981. description ends , 309). Adams did not leave on the mission until July, and his letters of credence are dated 15 July.