Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the President of Pennsylvania, 30 March 1790

To the President of Pennsylvania

New York 30th. March 1790


The Superscription of the inclosed letter in German not being understood, it was by mistake broken open in the office for foreign affairs. On discovering that it was intended for you, I have the honor to inclose it and to hope you will pardon the error. It comes thro’ the channel of our agent at the Hague, and I shall be happy to be useful to you in forwarding through the same channel any answer you may think proper to have given. I have the honor to be with sentiments of the most perfect respect Sr. Your mo. obed. & most hble servt.

Dft (DLC); in TJ’s hand, except for date-line in the hand of a clerk, and also docketing: “His Excellency the President of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” (Thomas Mifflin). FC (DNA: RG 59; PCC No. 120). Not recorded in SJL. The enclosed letter that came through the agent at the hague must have been the Van Willigen memorial concerning a contract between one Kuhn of Mannheim and “the widow Anne Marie Zeller, residing in Philadelphia” (see note, Dumas to TJ, 28 Aug. 1788; see also TJ to Dumas, 23 June 1790, for other documents transmitted to the president of Pennsylvania).

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