Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Vergennes, 20 January 1786

To Vergennes

Paris January 20. 1786.


I have duly received the honor of your Excellency’s letter of the 18th. instant, and will avail myself of the first occasion of transmitting it to Congress. The pleasure of meeting your desire, will, I am persuaded, induce them to do for Mr. Dumas whatever the establishment which they think themselves bound to keep up at the Hague, together with the rules to which they have submitted all their diplomatic appointments, will admit.

I have the honour of assuring you of the sentiments of respect and esteem with which I am your Excellency’s Most obedient & most humble servant,

Th: Jefferson

RC (Anonymous); endorsed: “Paris 20e. Janvr. 1786 S. E. Mr. Jefferson au Minre. des Affrs. Etr. en Fce.”; at head of text: “M De R[ayneval]”; evidently missing from Arch. Aff. Etr., Corr. Pol., E.-U., at the time the DLC transcripts were made, since these do not include the text. PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “le Comte de Vergennes.” See Vergennes to TJ, 18 Jan. 1786.

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