From André Limozin
Le Havre, 3 Feb. 1787. Has had no letter from TJ since his own of 31 Jan.; encloses a letter from “Mr. Oster of Richmond by my ship Le Bailly de Suffren Captn. Cleret,” which left Portmouth, Va., 4 Jan. 1787 with cargo of 315 hogsheads of tobacco “for Mr. Robert Morris’s account. She had a fine Passage‥‥ an exceeding good fine fast sailing Ship.” Has received a letter from Barclay at Alicant asking his ideas “relating to what would be the most profitable to the American trade in France Knowing perfectly well that I have a great experience in business.” Will forward his ideas to Barclay under cover to TJ as soon as his health improves.
RC (MHi); 4 p.; endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received 6 Feb. 1787. The enclosed letter from Martin Oster, French consul at Richmond, has not been found, but it was probably in reply to that from TJ to him of 19 Nov. 1786. No such letter is recorded in SJL as having been received with Limozin’s, the only other on that date being Wythe’s letter of 22 Dec. 1786. Despite this omission in SJL, the present letter probably covered letters from both Oster and Wythe, for TJ’s acknowledgement on 8 Feb. 1787 refers to “your favor of the 3d. inst. and … the letters it covered.”