Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Mason, 4 December 1793

From John Mason

George Town 4th. Decr. 1793


In due course I was honoured with your Letter of 20th. Ulto.

It is from our Connection with that City quite as convenient, to receive in Philadelphia at present as here, and not to trouble you with remitting, we send now to our Friends Messrs. Joseph Anthony & Son who will present it—F. M. & Cos. Draft on you for 205 Ds. 42 Cts.

We have written to our Friend in Baltimore for the amount of the little Charges in this Country when we ascertain will forward them in same way.

By next Post Sir the house who are now preparing the papers relative, will take the Liberty of addressing you in your Official Character on the Subject of a Ship and Cargoe we have lately had seized and condemned in a most extraordinary Manner at St. Christophers. With great Respect I have the honour to be Sir Your most Ob Hble St

J Mason

RC (DLC); at head of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr.”; endorsed by TJ as received 10 Dec. 1793 and so recorded in SJL.

A day after he received this letter TJ accepted Fenwick, Mason & Company’s draft for a wine shipment, drawn on Joseph Anthony & son at thirty days’ sight, and paid it just before leaving Philadelphia early in 1794 (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, forthcoming in The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 11 Dec. 1793, 3 Jan. 1794). The missing letter from the house of 6 Dec. 1793 is recorded in SJL as received from Georgetown on 10 Dec. 1793.

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