From Edmund Randolph
Philadelphia August 26. 1794 ½ past one o’clock.
I have not seen Mr Fauchet, and cannot ascertain, whether he has gone on to German Town or not. But finding that I should be obliged to return to Phila. tonight, and that my eyes are extremely uneasy and inflamed from the ride this morning, I must beg your excuse for not returning to dinner. I would however go back, if I did not know, that Colo. Hamilton will act as the interpreter to Mr Fauchet, if he has not yet collected a sufficient stock of English.
I do myself the honor of inclosing the papers and letters by the mails of to-day. I have received a letter from Colo. S. Smith of Baltimore which I will lay before you in the morning.1 He considers the militia-law of Maryland, as insufficient for the purpose of drawing forth the quota, required from that state; and expresses himself with great strength against shedding blood, if it can be in any manner avoided. I have the honor, sir, to be with great respect yr mo. ob. serv.
P.S. Since writing the above Mr Fauchet has informed me of his intention to go out.
ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State.
1. Samuel Smith’s letter to Randolph of 22 Aug. is in DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters.