Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Edmond Charles Genet, 1 June 1793

To Edmond Charles Genet

Philadelphia June 1. 1793.


[…]1 to correct an error of fact into […]2 being just led into it myself […]3 concerning the trespass committed by [a British] sailor on the French flag on board the Amiable. I mentioned it to a gentleman present, who informed me that the sailor [who made the insult?] and another concerned in it, were in jail, […]4 mentioned to you. I found on further enquiry that these two sailors were British, who had been committed for another assault on French [sailors?], and had not been concerned in the insult on board the Amiable. I immediately asked the attention of the [proper?] judge to the arrest and punishment of the offender on board the Amiable. I have this moment called on him again. [He informs?] me that he has discovered the name of the other [man?], that he had got on board a vessel bound to Halifax, which vessel […]5 that he has reason to believe [that?] the offender […],6 that the sheriff and some of his best officers [are now?] in pursuit of him, and he has no doubt he will be taken.—In order to support the civil power, I am informed the Governor has called for sufficient patroles of militias. So that I hope, […] the […]7 prepared for them, we shall soon be led by [these into all?] the measures necessary for the preservation of peace. I have the honor to be with great esteem & respect, Sir, your most obedient & most humble servt.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); very badly faded; at foot of text: “The Minister Plenipotentiary of France.”

Genet’s note was a missing letter to TJ of 27 May 1793, recorded in SJL as received 28 May 1793 and there described as dealing with an “insult to French flag by Brit. sailor.” See James Biddle to TJ, 31 May 1793, and note.

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