George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Jay, 3 October 1794

From John Jay

London 3 Octr 1794

Dear Sir

I have written to Mr Randolph by this opportunity, rather because I make it a Rule to write frequently, than because I have any thing of much Importance to communicate.1 and I should have omitted writing to you at present, had not the Intelligence contained in this morning’s Papers induced me to endeavour to send them to you by Capn morgan. He was to have left Town last Eveng, but I am told is still here, and will not depart before this afternoon.2 I am Dear Sir your obliged & affte servt

John Jay

ALS, DLC:GW; ADf, NNC: Jay Papers.

1A letter-book copy of Jay’s letter to Edmund Randolph of 2 Oct. can be found in DNA: RG 59, Despatches from U.S. Ministers to Great Britain.

2Captain Morgan of the brig Molly, arrived at Philadelphia in late November, 49 days from London (The Philadelphia Gazette and Universal Daily Advertiser, 29 Nov.). The most significant intelligence reported in the London morning papers of 3 Oct. concerned the defeat of Austrian forces near Liege in battles of 15–22 Sept. (see Morning Herald and Morning Chronicle).

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