Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Taylor, Jr., 16 August 1792

From George Taylor, Jr.

Philadelphia Augt. 16. 1792.

Dear Sir

The plate in question I have this moment found at your house. The Steward, who has hitherto punctually sent every thing addressed to you, to the office, had laid it aside and forgotten it.

I have the honor to send you enclosed copy of the letter I have written to the Commissioners on the subject; and also, among others, a communication this day received from the french minister of a Commission from the King of France to the Sr. Mangourit, as Consul for North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia—the Exequatur for the said Consul with the date left Blank, and a duplicate letter from Mr. Dumas, which was put up with the Leyden Gazatte for Feby., March and April last. I have the honor to be with sentiments of the highest respect, Dear Sir, Your most obedient and very humble servt.

Geo: Taylor Jr.

P.S. Warrants are made out at the Treasury in favor of David Wood and David Owen for 14 dolls. 36 Cents each, but for the want of a power of attorney I cannot receive them.

RC (DLC); addressed: “To The Secretary of State of the United States of America Monticello near Richmond Virginia per Post”; endorsed by TJ as received 25 Aug. 1792 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) Taylor to the Commissioners of the Federal District, 16 Aug. 1792, stating that the engraved plate from Boston had been located at TJ’s house in Philadelphia, that no impressions had been made, and that, unless hearing to the contrary from the Commissioners, he will have impressions made beginning in a week (RC in DNA: RG 42, PBG; PrC in DLC). (2) Jean Baptiste Ternant to TJ, 30 July 1792 (probably returned in TJ to Taylor, 27 Aug. 1792, but not found). (3) Ternant to TJ, 2 and 8 Aug. 1792. (4) C. W. F. Dumas to TJ, 25 Apr. 1792. The letters from Ternant and Dumas are recorded in SJL as received 25 Aug. 1792. The commission and exequatur for Mangourit have not been found.

For a discussion of the claims of Wood and Owen, see Richard Bruce to TJ, 12 Dec. 1791, and note.

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