Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Stephen Cathalan, Jr., 3 March 1788

To Stephen Cathalan, Jr.

Paris Mar. 3. 1788.


Being called to Holland at a very few hours warning I have only time to notify you that I shall be absent from this place three or four weeks to come. In the mean time should any thing pressing occur, Mr. Short my secretary will attend to it.

I have paid Sr. John Lambert according to the account you sent me for the articles you were so kind as to procure for me. All have come safely except the oil of which I have never heard. Perhaps they may have omitted to send it from Aix. If you can give any information to Mr. Short as to the carriage by which it came, he will have a search made to see if it is here. I have the honor to be with great esteem to yourself & the family Sir Your most obedt. humble servt,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC).

I have paid Sr. John Lambert: A receipt (DLC) for 272livre tournois 5, dated 2 Mch. 1788, probably signed by Lambert’s servant, acknowledges payment “pour le compte de Monsieur Ete. Cathalan”; TJ entered the following in his Account Book under 2 Mch.: “[pd Petit] for Sr. John Lambert for Cathalan, fruits, oil &c. 272–5.” This account was probably enclosed in a (missing) letter from Cathalan of 2 Feb. 1788, recorded in SJL Index.

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