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I do myself the honor of enclosing to you a letter from Mr Jefferson, announcing my succession to him, as Secretary of State. His resignation, which took place on the 31st ultimo, was accompanied with a general regret, founded on his acknowledged qualities for that department, and the important services rendered by his labors.
The only letter, which I find, Sir, from you unanswered, is that of June 25th, 1793. It is thought advisable by the President to defer all animadversions upon the decree, to which it relates, and indeed upon any of the affairs of France, until the temper of that country towards the United States shall be disclosed by your communications, subsequent to the receipt of Mr Jefferson's letter to you, of the 16th of August, 1793.
The journals and pamphlets, now sent, will inform you of the progress made by Congress on the very interesting subjects, which have hitherto occupied them.
Suffer me to tender to you, on this first occasion of our correspondence, the great and sincere respect, with which I have the honor to be, Sir, your most obedient servant,
- Edmund Randolph
- The Life of Gouverneur Morris With Selections from His Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers Vol. II., Jared Sparks, 1832