Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Montgomery, 13 June 1788

From Robert Montgomery

Havre 13th. June, 1788.


We arrived here 9th. Inst. and the Vessel for Virginia had sail’d the day before. Which we regret exceedingly, as the Character of the Vessel and Captain was good. We shall remain here Until the last of next week, to be inform’d of the determination of the French Packet.

Mr. Limousin was so kind as to call upon us yesterday, his Opinion is that there will Sail a Packet, in three or four weeks.

You was kind enough to offer us a Letter to your friend here, I shall much esteem the favour of your Sending me a line to Mr. Limousin as there is a probability that we shall remain here some time.

My Mother and Mrs. Montgomery join’s me in Kind Compliments to you and Miss Jefferson, not forgeting Mr. Short. I have the Honor to remain very Respectfully Sir Your most Obedt. & very Humbl. Servt.,

Robert Montgomery

RC (ViWC); endorsed.

For a general note on the Montgomerys, see note to Mrs. Montgomery to TJ, 16 May 1788. Thomas Lee Shippen, waiting in Paris in mid-April with John Rutledge, Jr., for “the return of Mr. Jefferson who is on a small excursion up the Rhine,” since they did not “think it proper to go, without thanking this excellent man in person for all his civilities,” reported to his father that “Mrs. Montgomery is just arrived and is very much indispos’d. I have only seen her once. Her son is married at Dunkirk to a Miss Pigott. The story is much too voluminous to put in a letter, if there were nothing else to put in it, but if you are curious to know it, I dare say her friends will be able to indulge you” (Thomas Lee Shippen to Dr. William Shippen, 15 Apr. 1788; DLC: Shippen Family Papers).

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