George Washington Papers

From George Washington to James Lloyd, 25 June 1798

To James Lloyd

Mount Vernon 25th June 1798

Dear Sir

Your favour of the 25th Instant has been duly received, and I feel much obliged by your polite attentions to me.1

I rejoiced to hear of General Marshall’s arrival, & wish sincerely that he had been accompanied by his Colleagues, for I believe no Country will afford them better protection than their own. The stay of one of them, has a misterious appearance after having jointly declared, “that no one of them is authorised to take upon himself a Negociation evidently entrusted by the letter of their Powers and Instructions to the whole,” and that too, after the invidious distinction was made by the minister of foreign Relations; which ought in my opinion, to have filled him with resentment, instead of complaisance.

I wonder the French Government has not more pride than to expose to the world such flimsy performances as the ministers of it exhibit, by way of complaint & argument. But it is still more to be wondered at, that these charges, which have been refuted over & over again, should find men2

ALS (letterpress copy), DLC:GW; LB (incomplete), DLC:GW.

1Lloyd’s letter is dated 21, not 25, June. GW’s letter of 27 June also acknowledges a letter from Lloyd of the 21st.

2The second page of the letter is illegible, and the letter-book copy stops at this point. Fitzpatrick was able to decipher a few words (Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington, description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed. The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745–1799. 39 vols. Washington, D.C., 1931–44. description ends 36:299).

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