Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Pinckney
Germantown, Pennsylvania, 27 November 1793.
Autograph letter signed, 2 pages.
Germantown Nov. 27. 1793.
My last letters to you were of the 11
. & 14
. of Sep. since which I have received yours
of July 5. 8. Aug. 1. 15. 27. 28. the fever which at that time had given alarm in Philadelphia,
became afterwards far more destructive than had been apprehended, & continued much longer,
from the uncommon drought & warmth of the autumn. on the 1
. day of this month the
President & heads of the departments assembled here. on that day also began the first rains
which had fallen for some months. they were copious, & from that moment the infection ceased,
no new subject took it, & those before infected either died or got well, so that the disease
terminated most suddenly. the inhabitants who had left the city, are now all returned, & business
going on again as briskly as ever. the President will be established there in about a week: at
which time Congress is to meet.
Our negociations with the NorthWestern Indians have completely failed, so that war must
settle our difference. we expected nothing else, & had gone into the negociations only to prove
to all our citizens that peace was unattainable on terms which any one of them would admit.
You have probably heard of a great misunderstanding between Mr. Genet & us. on the
meeting of Congress it will be made public. but as the details of it are lengthy, I must refer for
them to my next letter when possibly I may be able to send you the whole correspondence in
print. we have kept it merely personal, convinced his nation will disapprove him. to them we
have with the utmost assiduity given every proof of  inviolate attachment. we wish to hear
from you on the subject of M. de la Fayette, tho we know that circumstances do not admit
The copper by the Pigon & the Mohawk is received. our coinage of silver has been
delayed by mr Coxe's inability to give the security required by law.
I shall write to you again immediately after the meeting of Congress. I have the honor to
be with sentiments of great esteem & respect Dear Sir