To Ferdinand Grand
Paris Sep. 24. 1785.
I have appointed the bearer hereof, Mr. William Short, my Secretary. His salary as such will be the same which young Mr. Franklin received. I am therefore to ask the favor of you to pay it to him from time to time as it shall become due, and to debit the United States therewith. I have the honor to be with very great respect, Sir your most obedient and most humble servt.,
PrC (DNA: PCC, No. 87, i); the month “Sep.” is written in TJ’s hand over the original date, “July.” Another PrC (DLC: TJ Papers); without the correction in date and lacking part of the complimentary close and signature; follows on the same page the PrC of TJ to Short of this date. Tr (DNA: PCC, No. 107, i). Entry in SJPL reads: “Grand. Notification.” A copy was later enclosed in TJ to John Jay, 6 Oct. 1785.
TJ’s delay in dispatching this and its companion letter to Short, following, is explained by Short’s absence during August and September as courier to London and The Hague (see TJ to John Adams, 28 July 1785).