George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 6 October 1794

From Edmund Randolph


Philadelphia Oct: 6. 1794


The letter of Colo. Nicholas, which I mentioned in mine of the day before yesterday is so lengthy that I must reserve it for you until your return; as I am confident, that the inclosing of such an almost illegible scrawl would answer little purpose, and I might not be justified in having a copy taken even by one of the clerks. However, the substance is, an answer to my various observations; the expression of confidence in the President’s exertions; the fear, that his successor, should not the business be completed in your administration, may not be, as well inclined; a suspicion of one part of the continent, with respect to the Mississippi; some complaints, founded on an ignorance of facts; a determination to adhere to the Union; a detestation of Genet’s schemes; and upon the whole indications, that the temper of Kentucky is not lost, nor so furious, as at first.1 I have the honor, sir, to be with the highest respect, and affectionate attachment yr mo. ob. serv.

Edm: Randolph

P.S. Since writing the above, this moment I hear of a London ship being just below.2


1The letter from Kentucky district attorney George Nicholas to Randolph has not been identified.

2The Gazette of the United States (Philadelphia) of this date reported the arrival of two ships from London in the Delaware River, the Caroline and the William Penn.

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