To John Vaughan
Monticello Aug. 13. 1792.
A French gentleman (Monsr. De Rieux) a neighbor of mine whom I much esteem, having had a legacy left him by a relation in France, his friends, on account of the depreciation of their paper medium, thought it better to invest the money in goods, and to remit it in that way. They consisted in glass of various kinds, ribbons &c and were to leave Havre in May last addressed to Monsr. Hombert of Philadelphia. Monsr. De Rieux having no acquaintance in Philadelphia I have undertaken to him to recommend his interests to your care, to ask the favor of you to advise us whether the goods are arrived or not, and even to dispose of them if an advantageous offer can be obtained. I inclose you the memorandum in his own handwriting which he left with me for this purpose, and am with sincere esteem Dear Sir your friend & servt
RC (PPAmP); addressed: “Mr. Vaughan Merchant Philadelphia S. Front street”; franked, stamped, and postmarked; endorsed: “Thomas Jefferson Monticello 13 Augt Received 23 August 1792 Answer’d 24 Do. wrote upon 27 Also.” PrC (MHi). Enclosure not found. Vaughan’s letters to TJ of 24 and 27 Aug. 1792 are recorded in SJL as received 2 and 9 Sep. 1792 respectively, but have not been found.