From Thomas Jefferson
Philadelphia Jan. 15. 1792.
In answer to your favor of the 13th. I have the honor to inform you that the papers delivered to me on the subject of the Register of the sloop Polly1 detained on her being sold at Port au-prince, were put into the hands of mr Bourne the Consul for the U.S. in St Domingo, & that he, being now returned from thence,2 says that he applied several times on the subject to the Governor of the island,3 who assured him that in the state of trouble in which the island then was, nothing could be done and mr. Bourne has returned me the papers. If a like detention of a register has taken place in France, I am of opinion it will be better to make that, & the colonial one, a subject of explanation at Paris, and will undertake to give the necessary instructions to our Minister there,4 if you will favor me with the necessary documents relative to the case in France.
I have the honor to be with great respect Sir Your most obedt. and most humble servt
The Secretary of the Treasury.
ALS, letterpress copy, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress; LC, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives.
2. Sylvanus Bourne of Massachusetts had resigned as consul in December, 1791. See Tobias Lear to Jefferson, December 30, 1791 (ALS, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress).
3. Philibert-François Rouxel de Blanchelande.
4. Gouverneur Morris was appointed United States Minister Plenipotentiary to France on January 12, 1792.