Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Paul Jones, 13 August 1785

To John Paul Jones

Paris Aug. 13. 1785.


Supposing you may be anxious to hear from hence, tho’ there should be nothing interesting to communicate, I write by Mr. Cairnes merely to inform you that I have as yet received no answer from the Marshal de Castries. I am in daily expectation of one. Should it not be received soon I shall urge it again, which I wish to avoid however if possible, because I think it better to await with patience a favourable decision than, by becoming importunate, to produce unfavourable dispositions, and perhaps a final determination of the same complexion. Should my occupations prevent my writing awhile, be assured that it will only be as long as I have nothing to communicate and that as soon as I receive any answer it shall be forwarded to you.

I am with much esteem Sir Your most obedient humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC). Recorded in SJL as sent “by Cairnes”; entry in SJPL reads: “Jones J. Paul. His case.”

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