George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Edmund Randolph, 21 October 1794

From Edmund Randolph

Philadelphia October 21. 1794


A New York paper of yesterday declares in the most express terms, that the British instruction of the 8th of June 1793, so far as relates to the carrying of corn, meal and Flour to France, is revoked. It comes in such a shape, that I believe it; and we may hourly expect something on that head. You recollect, that this was the first order, which bore upon the United States, and is the same, upon which Mr Pinckney, Mr Hammond and myself kept up a controvery. If it be true, it is a very pleasant indication.1

By a letter from Baltimore, which was shewn to me this morning, it appears, that Colo. Monroe arrived in France, during the first week in August; and the fall of Robespierre is put beyond every possibility of question. The time of his arrival renders it impossible for him to be associated with Robespierrian politics. I have the honor sir, to be with the highest respect yr mo. ob. serv.

Edm: Randolph

ALS, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, Domestic Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, GW’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State.

1This news appeared in the Daily Advertiser (New York), 20 Oct., contained in a letter from R. Parker to Messrs. Harrison, Ausley, and Co. For a summary of the British orders of 8 June 1793, see Thomas Jefferson to GW, 30 Aug. 1793, n.1; for the full text, see ASP description begins Walter Lowrie et al., eds. American State Papers. Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. 38 vols. Washington, D.C., Gales and Seaton, 1832–61. description ends , Foreign Relations, 1:240. Even before official notification of the orders was received, the U.S. minister to Great Britain, Thomas Pinckney, was directed “provisionally” to protest the orders (Jefferson to Pinckney, 7 Sept. 1793, Jefferson Papers description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950–. description ends , 27:55–59). For the continuing controversy to which Randolph refers here, see GW to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 12 May 1794, n.2.

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