From Phineas Bond
Philadelphia, 6 Jan. 1790. Forwards a letter that came in his dispatches from England “by the last Mail.”
RC (DLC); endorsed as received 2 Feb. 1790, and so recorded in SJL along with several other letters, none of which could have been the enclosure. It is curious that a letter from England should have come to TJ through the British consul: none originating there in preceding months seems to fit the case. The fact that TJ saw fit to record receipt of the covering letter but not its enclosure only adds to the mystery.