Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Framery, 29 April 1788

From Framery

Copenhagen, 29 Apr. 1788. Encloses a packet which came from M. Dechezaulx, French consul at Bergen, for John Paul Jones. Jones departed from Copenhagen on 15 Apr. for Elsinore and left that place on 18 Apr. by land for St. Petersburg. Before his departure Jones asked that the packet from Dechezaulx be sent to TJ. Framery has advanced for postage “6 Rixdalers, 4. marcs, 12 Schelings (30.livre tournois 10s. de notre monnoie),” which he asks TJ to pay to Frin & Cie., bankers in Paris. Takes this opportunity to offer his services to TJ.

RC (DLC); 2 p.; in French; signed: “framery Sécrétaire Legation de S. M. très chrétienne”; endorsed. The enclosed packet for Jones has not been identified, but it probably pertained to the matter of the two English prizes taken by the Alliance in 1779; since TJ caused William Short to make copies of the enclosures in Jones’s letter of 8 Apr. 1788, it is possible that at this time he also had Short transcribe the following, press copies of which, in Short’s hand, are in DLC, and all of which pertain to this subject: Dechezaulx to Benjamin Franklin and others, under dates of 14 Sep. 1779, 26 Oct. 1779, 4 Jan. 1780, and 11 Apr. 1780 (DLC: TJ Papers, 4: 587–8, 620–2, 624–6, 686–7; 5: 720–1). See also TJ to Bernstorff, 19 June 1788.

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