To Borgnis Desbordes, Frères
Paris June 17. 1786.
I received your favor of the 12th. instant, the last night, and immediately wrote to inform Mr. Grand that a bill for 26202 in which you were interested, would be presented and desired him to pay it; which you may rest assured will be done. I am now to return you thanks for your attentions to these unfortunate men. I did not suspect they would have been necessary so long, when I took the liberty first of asking your care of them. Their destiny has been hard as the case has happened; but would have been infinitely worse but for your aid. I beg leave to assure you of my strong sense of your favours in this instance and of the sentiments of esteem and respect with which I have the honour to be Gentlemen your most obedient & most humble servt,
PrC (DLC). TJ’s letter to Mr. Grand ordering the payment of the bill for the expenses of Lister Asquith and his crew has not been found and is not recorded in SJL.