George Washington to Thomas Jefferson, 20 October 1792

From George Washington

Dear Sir

The letters of Gouvr. Morris give a gloomy picture of the Affairs of France. I fear with too much truth.

If the order of Senate dated the 7th. of last1 May is compleated, it must be with all Offices except the Judges.

The Post Office (as a branch of Revenue) was annexed to the Treasury in the time of Mr. Osgood, and when Colo. Pickering was appointed thereto, he was informed, as I find by my letter to him dated the 29th. of August 1791, that he was to consider it in that light.

If from relationship, or usage2 in similar cases (for I have made no enquiry into the matter,3 having been closely employed since you mentioned the thing to me, in reading papers from the War Office) the Mint does not appertain to the Department of the Treasury I am more inclined to add it to that of State than to multiply the duties of the other. I am always Yours

Go: Washington

P.S. The Letters of Mr. Seagrove to Genl. Knox4 are a continuation of the evidence of Spanish interference with the Southern Indians.

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Oct. 1792 and so recorded in SJL. Dft (DNA: RG 59, MLR); lacks postscript. FC (Lb in same, SDC); lacks postscript.

  1. Next seven words interlined in place of “month is complied with, it goes to.”
  2. In Dft Washington first wrote “If from Analogy, or Custom” and then altered the passage to read as above.
  3. Remainder of parenthetical phrase interlined in Dft.
  4. Preceding three words interlined.