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3417. GENET, Functions.—

Your functions
as the missionary of a foreign nation
here, are confined to the transactions of the affairs
of your nation with the Executive of the
United States: and the communications which
are to pass between the Executive and Legislative
branches, cannot be a subject for your
interference. The President must be left to
judge for himself what matters his duty or the
public good may require him to propose to the
deliberations of Congress. [212]
To E. C. Genet. Washington ed. iv, 100. Ford ed., vi, 496.
(Pa., Dec. 1793)


Genet had sent to Jefferson translations of the
instructions given him by the Executive Council of
France with a request that they should be laid before
Congress by the President. Jefferson returned
the papers to Genet.—Editor.