Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Phineas Bond, 23 August 1793

From Phineas Bond

Chesnut Street—23d. Augt. 1793.


I beg Leave to inform You, I have directed Capt. Stewart, of the Brigantine Jane of Dublin, captured by the Privateer, Citizen Genet, Captain Johanene, to prepare an Estimate of the Value of his Vessel—her Cargo, Apparel and Furniture.

I shall consider it as a particular Favor, if You will be pleased to point out the Mode of Valuation, which the Government of the United States will require, to ascertain the Amount of the Damage, occasioned by this Capture, and by the subsequent Sale of this Vessel &c: As I shall give Instructions to have that Mode strictly complied with, in this and every other Case under similar Circumstances as far as it may be practicable. With Sentiments of perfect Respect, I have the Honor to be, Sir, Yr very faithful & most obt. Servt.

P. bond

RC (DNA: RG 59, NFC); at foot of text: “Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Aug. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in George Washington to TJ, 24 Aug. 1793.

TJ submitted this letter to the President on 24 Aug. 1793 (Washington, Journal, description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends 230).

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