Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Villedeuil, 5 July 1787

To Villedeuil

Paris July 5. 1787


In the moment that I recieved Your Excellency’s letter of the 2d. inst. I was doing myself the honor of enclosing to you a copy of some observations on the letter of M. de Calonne which I had put into the hands of His Excellency Count de Montmorin on Tuesday last. Their object being to throw further light on the several subjects of that letter, some of which were left incomplete for want of information, I take the liberty of submitting them to your inspection and of praying that they may be considered when the regulations announced in the letter shall recieve their final and more solemn form. You will perceive that they include, among others, the alterations proposed in the conversation with which you were pleased to honor me some days ago.

I beg you to accept assurances of those sentiments of perfect esteem and respect with which I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s most obedient and humble servant,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); in Short’s hand, signed by TJ. PrC of Tr (DLC); French translation; in Short’s hand; at head of text: “Traduction de la lettre precedente.” Enclosure: Observations on Calonne’s letter of 22 Oct. 1786, printed above under 3 July 1787, and handed by TJ to Montmorin on that day.

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