Philadelphia, April 21, 1819.
I have taken the liberty to send you, through Mr J. Q. Adams, a tin box containing Dr Physick’s prescription for the cutaneous application, as mentioned in my letter. The particulars of the recipe will follow.
Genl Van Damma (I hope I spell his name correctly) tells Mr Levett Harris, whom you know, that he has received his passport to return to France; that France is tranquil; that the peers proving averse to the change of the law of elections, it remained in force; that the king would soon go through his unation at Rheims; & that an amnesty was expected, though it was not certain whether Genl De Gruchy would in the first instance be included in it.
By a declaration of the President of the Bank at Paris, it appears that some postponement had been given to the instalments due to foreign powers, by consent; & that discounts had been of late freely made, having gone in one week to the amount of 60 millions of livres. The tenor of the piece is that of confidence; & the “ransom” is now considered as settled & over.—I speak this from memory.
With respect to the discoloring of plaster of Paris, I believe we may pronounce it as unknown¿ if we judge from casts; whether made from the gypsum of Montmartre or Nova Scotia. The article which becomes discolored, is stucco, or plaster mixed with mortar; & therefore it is important to examine how far may contain iron, when designed for stucco.
Not having heard further respecting your house, I trust that the fire only affected the offices.
I beg to present my particular respects to Mrs Randolph & the young ladies. I have the honor to be,
I purpose leaving this place to day, to move homeward; having desired the turnip seed to be inclosed to you, as requested.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.