Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Smith, 23 April 1792

To Samuel Smith

Philadelphia Apr. 23. 1792.


I have been prevented by business from sooner answering your favor of the 15th. In the mean time you will probably have seen a correspondence in the public papers between Mr. Hammond and myself explanatory of the subject of your letter. Lest you should not however I have the pleasure to inclose it to you. Still I think it will be prudent in merchants who send vessels to England, to instruct them to make due enquiry before they commit themselves so far in an English port. I am with great respect Sir Your most obedt. humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Colo. Saml. Smith.” TJ probably sent Smith the texts of his 11–12 Apr. 1792 exchange of correspondence with George Hammond printed in the 19 Apr. 1792 issue of the National Gazette.

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