Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Lafayette, [12 July 1788]

From Lafayette

Saturday [12 July 1788]

I thank You, My dear sir, on the Good News You Give me from S. Carolina. I Hope Virginia will not fail. Every thing Goes on well But the Point Relative to the Presidency which You and I Have at Heart. I Confess this Makes me Uneasy. Will the General Agree with You. The Moment He Adopts our Opinion, My fear is Gone.

Our Internal trouble did take a decided turn. The late Arrêt du Conseil Missed His object Because there was no time fixed for the Meeting of the National assembly. I am just summoned to Attend at six o’clock at the House of the deputies from Britanny.


Will Mr. Short and You Break fast with me and Mr. Barlow on Monday that we may Confer on Master Greene’s education.

RC (DLC); in Lafayette’s hand, but without date-line or signature; endorsed by TJ: “Fayette Marq. de la.” The date has been established by Gottschalk, Lafayette, 1783–89, description begins Louis Gottschalk, Lafayette between the American Revolution and the French Revolution (1783–1789), Chicago, 1950 description ends p. 390, 404–5, from internal evidence.

The Good newsFrom S. Carolina that TJ transmitted to Lafayette obviously came in the dispatch from Jay of 9 June, with newspaper accounts of the ratification of the Constitution by that state, and in Carrington’s letter of the same date, both of which arrived in about thirty days from New York (see TJ to Shippen, 13 July 1788). TJ may have sent extracts of these letters to Lafayette, or may have written him a brief note, but no such communication from him at this time has been found.

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