Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Holland and Peter Mackie, 27 May 1793

To Benjamin Holland and Peter Mackie

Philadelphia May 27. 1793.


Your memorial claiming a part of the cargo on board the brigantine Little Sarah, a British vessel taken by the French frigate L’Embuscade, having been referred to the Attorney General of the US. I now inclose you a copy of his answer by which you will perceive it to be his opinion that you are not entitled to restitution. I have therefore rendered you the only service which the nature of the case admits, by a prompt attention and answer to your application. With wishes that it could have been more satisfactory, I am, Gentlemen, your most obedt. [& most] humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text (with last two words overwritten in ink): “Messrs. Holland & Mackie”; clipped and faded words supplied from FC. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DL). Enclosure: Edmund Randolph to TJ, 26 May 1793. Letter and enclosure enclosed in TJ to George Washington, 27 May 1793.

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