Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Madame Oster, [July 1787]

From Madame Oster

[Paris, July 1787], “tuesday afternoon.” Received that morning the packet TJ forwarded and his letter; thanks him for his offer and will remember the kindness even though there is little occasion to make use of it. She had decided to ask a living in proportion to her husband’s allowance but has accepted 1,500livre tournois a year; is going to Nancy to be with her mother and relatives; has been under the very expensive care of a physician. Learned from a letter from Mrs. Banister that “Miss Jefferson”: had sailed and supposes she is now with TJ; as soon as she is ?able to walk out? will go to see her; had hoped that she could have her as a travelling companion. ?You inform me Sir of your coming See me. I am sory indeed of trouble in rain.? She lost much by not seeing TJ but had asked Mr. Short to wait until she went to the ?Abbaye St. Antoine, rue Et faubourg St. Antoine.?

RC (MHi); endorsed; undated and not recorded in SJL, but written after 30 June 1787, when TJ received John Banister’s letter of 6 May 1787, and before 6 Aug. 1787 when he wrote to Mrs. Banister. Presumably, therefore, the letter was written early in July. TJ’s letter to Mrs. Oster to which she refers has not been found and is not recorded in SJL, but it was evidently the one forwarding Mrs. Banister’s letter that had been enclosed in Banister to TJ, 6 May 1787.

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