To George Washington
Paris Dec. 5. 1788.
I this moment discover that I have dated my letter of yesterday Nov. 4. instead of Dec. 4. Tho’ the letter be gone out of my hands I hope the present will reach the bearer of it in time to accompany that, and to prevent the embarrasment of dates which it might otherwise occasion. I have only to repeat assurances of the sentiments of esteem & respect with which I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s Most obedt. and most humble servt,
RC (PPAP); at foot of text: “H.E. Genl. Washington” evidently filed by Washington with TJ’s letter of 4 Dec. 1788, and endorsed in Washington’s hand: “From The Honble. Thos. Jefferson 4th. & 5th. Dec: 1788.” PrC (DLC).