18 January 1791

GW at Philadelphia. In a letter to GW, Thomas Jefferson explained that France believed that Congress had passed acts in violation of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce because they  imposed excessive tonnage on foreign vessels. Jefferson presented various options on how to appease the French.

Philadelphia merchant John Patton wrote to GW asking for an appointment to be in charge of collecting tax revenue from distilled liquors. Lawyer William Rawle notified GW via letter that the president and Congress would have free use of the books in the Philadelphia Library.

An anonymous former soldier sent GW a letter asking for emancipation from his debts so that he could return to his native country where his lady lived.


18 January 1791