Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Carmichael, 8 November 1785

From William Carmichael

Sn. Lorenzo 8th. Novr. 1785


I this day received the Letter your Excellency did me the honor to write me the 25th. Ulto. and in consequence I have made an application for the passports requested. Until I see the Gentlemen in question I cannot give my opinion of the probable success of their Business. I hope that in their instructions, proper Attention has been paid to the friendly offers of this Court. If not I foresee considerable inconveniences. I have nothing to add to what I wrote you last night, but that this comes by a courier dispatched by the Portuguese Ambassador.

I have the honor to be With great respect Your Excellencys Obedt. & Most Humble Sert.,

Wm. Carmichael

RC (DLC). TJ’s record in SJL under 20 Nov. 1785 of receipt of a letter from Carmichael dated “Nov. 5” evidently refers to the present letter; Carmichael’s “8” in this instance could easily have produced such an error.

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