Edmund Randolph 1793 Autograph Letter Signed as First Attorney General


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Statesman and politician who variously served as aide-de-camp to Washington, member of the Continental Congress, the first Attorney General, and Aaron Burr’s lawyer during his notorious trial for treason. Autograph letter signed (ALS) “Edm: Randolph“, one page, 7.25 x 9, June 4, 1793, Philadelphia, to David Stuart in Alexandria, Virginia, in full:

I have been ready to start for Virginia for more than six weeks past but the European War has presented so many questions for my solution, as to occupy me daily. I should have begun my journey yesterday; had it not been for the violent rains for nine days past. Tomorrow I allot for that purpose of it ceases raining. If not, I shall move the first day of sun.

David Stuart (born August 3, 1753, died circa 1814) was an associate and correspondent of George Washington. When Washington became President of the United States, he appointed Stuart to be one of the three commissioners that were in charge of siting and designing the nation’s new capital city. Stuart served as a representative to the Virginia House of Delegates and also to the Virginia convention of 1788 that ratified the U. S. Constitution. He voted for ratification. In 1791 he was appointed by George Washington as a commissioner of the Federal City to oversee the surveying of the new capital and construction of the public buildings. He served on the commission until 1794. In 1791, Dr. Stuart and the other commissioners named the capital the “City of Washington” in “The Territory of Columbia”.

In fair condition, page with wrinkling and staining but letter remains legible and signature is large and bold. Integral address leaf present and addressed to Stuart by Randolph.