Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to André Limozin, 21 August 1788

To André Limozin

Paris Aug. 21. 1788.


Since my last which was of July 30. I have been honoured with yours of Aug. 6. 8. and 18. and the boxes from Amsterdam and cask from Hamburgh are all safely arrived and have been delivered to me without difficulty. The Acquit a caution is now inclosed. My long absence in the spring of the year and close occupation since my return had occasioned a want of attention to the advances you have been so kind as to make for me. On a recapitulation of them as stated in your several letters (since Nov. 1. when I think I last reimbursed you) I find myself indebted to you 254livre tournois-17–9 according to the inclosed note. It is possible moreover that you may have made some advances not stated in your letters, and that some of those so stated may have escaped me. I therefore send you the inclosed recapitulation, begging the favor of you to insert any thing I may have omitted, and when you shall have ascertained the true balance give me leave to pay it to your banker here, or such other person as you please. I must pray of you to send the bust of the Marquis de la Fayette by the first vessel going into James or York river, addressed to the Governor of Virginia.—The Danes certainly enter into the war, and this will probably draw in the King of Prussia. England must come into it also, and France likewise if she can raise herself to strike. But this may not be the present year. I am with great esteem, Sir, your most obedt. humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); endorsed. Enclosures: (1) The acquit a caution has not been found. (2) In MHi there is a statement of account with Limozin covering the shipment of three boxes of books to James Madison of 11 Jan. 1788, a barrel of rice by Jenkins on 1 Feb. 1788, two boxes of seeds sent by packet to James Madison and four barrels of fruit and one box of trees received by the packet on 27 Feb. 1788, five boxes of furniture from Amsterdam and a cask of smoked beef from Hamburgh of 7 Aug. 1788, totalling the amount stated above. On this TJ noted at a later date: “Pd this to Sartorius Nov. 4. 1788. but I ot to have pd 10–7s more for postage. See Limozin’s letter Oct. 6. 1788. Carry this sum therefore to next account.” Under date of 1 Apr. 1789 TJ also noted on this MS that he had paid Limozin for postage, for expenses of consular papers, for Lafayette’s bust, “for a clock for Mr. Moore,” and “for a case of vinegar,” a total of 63livre tournois7s. 3d.

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