Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Rayneval, 3 March 1786

To Rayneval

Paris Mar. 3. 1786.


His Excellency Count de Vergennes having been pleased to say he would give orders at Calais for the admission of certain articles which I wish to bring with me from England, I have thought it best to give a description of them before my departure. They will be as follows.

  • 1. A set of table furniture consisting in China, silver and plated ware, distributed into three or four boxes or canteens for the convenience of removing them.
  • 2. A box containing small tools for wooden and iron work, for my own amusement.
  • 3. A box probably of books.
  • 4. I expect to bring with me a riding horse, saddle &c.

The mathematical instruments will probably be so light that I may bring them in my carriage, in which case I presume they will pass with my baggage under the authority of the passport for my person. If these orders can be made out in time I would willingly be the bearer of them myself. I have the honour to be with sentiments of the most perfect esteem & respect, Sir, your most obedient & most humble servant,

Th: Jefferson

RC (Arch. Aff. Etr., Paris, Corr. Pol., E.-U., xxxi); without indication of name of addressee. PrC (DLC); “M. de Reyneval” added in TJ’s hand at foot of text.

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