Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Jean Baptiste Ternant, 14 February 1793

To Jean Baptiste Ternant

Philadelphia Feb. 14. 1793


It will require some few days yet to estimate the probable calls which may come on the treasury, and the means of answering them; till which is done a final answer can not be given to your application for the three millions of livres. But in the mean time that your purchases of provision may be begun, arrangements may be made with the Secretary of the Treasury for the immediate payment of one hundred thousand dollars on account of our debt to France. I can assure you that we1 have every possible wish and disposition to find ourselves able to comply with the residue of the application, and as early as possible. I have the honour to be with great respect & esteem Sir Your most obedt. humble servt

Th: Jefferson

RC (AMAE: CPEU, Supplément, xx); addressed: “M. de Ternant Minister Plen. of France.” PrC (DLC). FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DL). Tr (AMAE: CPEU, xxxvii); French translation.

Ternant’s application for the three millions of livres is discussed in the Editorial Note on Jefferson’s questions and observations on the application of France, at 12 Feb. 1793.

1Here TJ canceled “shall.”

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