Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Edmond Charles Genet, 11 July 1793

To Edmond Charles Genet

Philadelphia July 11. 1793.


The bearer hereof Mr. John Nicholson has applied to me on the subject of an apprentice of his, named George Allison, about 17. years of age, who has absconded from him and has been recieved on board the Little Democrat, where he now is. As the condition of the young man renders him in some degree the property of Mr. Nicholson, and that as well as his age leave him not free to take such a step without consent, I am persuaded you will be so good as to give orders to have him delivered to Mr. Nicholson who will give any evidence you require of the truth of the facts. Permit me to ask the same with respect to another apprentice in the same circumstances, bound to another person, who has authorised him to act for him, as being well acquainted with all the circumstances relating to it. I have not the name either of the master or apprentice in the latter case, but he will furnish them. I have the honor to be with great respect & esteem Sir your most obedt. humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Min. Plen. of the republic of France.” FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DL). Tr (DLC: Genet Papers); with an undated note from Genet to François Dupont, the French consul in Philadelphia, subjoined in a clerk’s hand, ordering him to comply promptly with TJ’s request for the return of the two apprentices.

Genet replied to both this and another letter from TJ of 12 July 1793 in a letter of the latter date that is recorded in SJL as received 15 July 1793 but has not been found.

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