Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from David Humphreys, 16 September 1793

From David Humphreys

Lisbon Septr. 16th. 1793.


We are this moment embarking, and I would not take my departure without just informing you of it. The wind prevented, or we should have sailed yesterday, as I had proposed. It is even now uncertain whether we shall be able to get over the bar to-day.

The Portuguese Troops destined for Spain are beginning to embark this day, and will sail about the 20th. instant.

Yesterday a Packet arrived from Falmouth. The intelligence brought by it does not confirm the numerous and vague reports we have had, of a great battle fought near Paris, and of the consequent capture of that City by the Prince of Cobourg. On the contrary all these seem to have been premature—and there is nothing very important. I am forced to conclude in haste, with assurances of the great esteem & consideration, with which I have the honour to be, Sir Your Most obedient & Most humble Servant

D. Humphreys

RC (DNA: RG 59, DD); at head of text: “(No. 83.)”; at foot of text: “The Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 18 Nov. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Tr (Lb in same).

TJ submitted this letter to the President on 19 Nov. 1793, and Washington returned it the same day (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 255).

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