Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Jefferson, 3 January 1783

From Thomas Jefferson

ALS: American Philosophical Society; AL (draft): Library of Congress

Philadelphia Jan. 3. 1783.


I arrived at this place a few days ago7 expecting to have proceeded to Europe in the vessel which carries Count Rochambaud & the Chevalr. de Chastellux;8 but it sails before I can be ready. I shall follow however in a very few days, & may possibly be with you as soon as this. Conscious that I can add no good to the commission, it shall be my endeavor to do it no injury. I understand that I am to be the bearer of something new to you, but not of a nature to embarrass your operations.9 I expect so shortly after your receipt of this to have the pleasure of paying my respects to you in person, that I shall only add those expressions of respect & esteem with which I have the honor to be Sir Your most obedient & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

7On Dec. 27: Jefferson Papers, VI, 211, 217n.

8The frigate Emeraude.

9Probably the Dec. 31 resolution quoted in our annotation of Livingston to BF, Jan. 2.

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