GW at Philadelphia. GW directed his personal secretary Tobias Lear to write to Attorney General Edmund Randolph and offer condolences on the death of Randolph’s sister. GW wrote to William Stephens Smith acquiescing to Smith’s resignation from public office and wishing him well.
Senator Benjamin Hawkins wrote GW regarding injustices against the Indian tribes by the federal government, and the failure of several treaties. Hawkins also explained that he voted to strike out the second section of a bill that would enlarge the army by three regiments because he still believed it was possible to communicate with the Indians.
Jan Adriaan de Lange wrote GW discussing his manufacture of orchil dye and whether it would be of use in America.