Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Jean Antoine Gautier, 17 March 1796

To Jean Antoine Gautier

Monticello in Virginia Mar: 17: 96.

Dear Sir

The papers which you were so kind as to send me with some lately recieved from the Auditor of the US. have enabled me to take up the subject of your accounts with the US. with the state of Virginia, and with myself, and finally to place every article of your debets in the account of the party for whose use the money was paid. To you it matters not in what account you find your monies, if you find it all somewhere. I inclose you, on a single sheet of paper, the arrangement I have made, in which you will find every article of your debets. The account with Virginia was perfectly accurate. That erected against me after my departure, required corrections, which I shall proceed to explain by taking up that account article by article.

livre tournois
1789. Wine omitted  159—6 this is just & is properly chargeable to me.
livre tournois
Oct. 12. order favr. Petit 2613—2 this is just & properly charged
cash from Begouen1 3011—8 5624—10 to me, but something further will be said on the subject presently.
livre tournois
1790. May 27. Short for Langeac 1200 just: but transferred from mine
Aug. 20. Langeac 3000 to the account of the US. with all the other charges of the same nature.
Nov. 17. do. 1377 5577—
1792. Apr. 27. Cathalan’s draught  100.— my knolege of Mr. Cathalan satisfies me this is right though I have no advice of the draught.
1793. May 25. Balance of acct. of Virginia 6931—9—6 just, but carried back to the account of Virginia.

But my account has no credit for my letter of credit of Oct. 21. 1789. sent from Cowes, on Willinks, Van Staphorsts & Hubbard in favor of Grand & Co. for 2800.ƒ Bo. which was meant expressly to cover the 5624livre tournois—10 to Petit and Begouen, and to leave a balance for future contingencies or account. I have always taken for granted that this draught got safe to hand, and that it was paid by Willinks &c. and debited by them to the US. I therefore credited it to the US. Your books and those of Willinks &c. will set this fact to rights.

[In order to prevent any confusion of one sum or] draught for another, I will here recapitulate all the draughts of that year made on Willinks &c. for my own use, with the sums I received from Mr. Grand for them.

1789. Feb.  2. draught on Willinks  ƒ livre tournois
&c. for 2285— 5 Bo. and recd. 5000. cash.
Mar.  2. 2725— 6000— do.
Apr.  1. 3179— 3 7000— do.
14. 2731— 5 6000— do. paid to Langeac.
May  1. 2731— 5 6000— do. to myself.
June  2. 2700— 6000— do.
July  1. 2693—15 6000— do.
Aug.  1. 2687—10 6000— do.
Sep.  1. 2687—10 6000— do.
24. 4031— 8 9000— do.
Cowes. Oct. 21. 2800— 5624—10 to wit. to Petit 2613— 2
to Begouen 3011— 8
  balance undrawn  626— 8

Agreeable to these observations, I have carried into the account of Virginia it’s own balance of 6931—9—6 into that of the US. the three articles to Langeac of 5577.livre tournois and left in my own account what was properly my own, from which a balance results to me of 367livre tournois—2. With respect to the account of the US. the Auditor will settle with you, without difficulty, agreeably to my statement, for the period and the articles comprehended in it. As to the state of Virginia, I now send to the Governor the account you inclosed to me, certifying it to be all just of my own knolege, except the article of 9000.livre tournois paid after my departure, and therefore unknown to me; and I sollicit from him an early discharge of the balance due to you; and I will not cease attending to it on your behalf till you recieve it. The balance due to me I shall probably desire to be transferred to the credit of the Virginia account, and perhaps answer to you the further sum of [1567livre tournois—1—6, making, with the balance beforementioned] 1934livre tournois—3—6 which I at present suppose [to be a balance] remaining in my hands after the paiments made by me for the state, so that the state will in that case have to remit you [4997—6] only. But if this arrangement takes place, it will be the subject of another letter to you. In the mean time pray favor me with information as to the draught of 2800.ƒ. With every friendly disposition to your house, and very particular esteem & regard to yourself I am Dear Sir Your most obedt. servt.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); faded, with date overwritten in ink by TJ and with bracketed words supplied here from Dft; at foot of first page: “Mr. Gautier for Grand & Co.”; endorsed in ink by TJ on verso. Dft (DLC: TJ Papers, 87: 14998); undated and unsigned; written on both sides of a parallelogram-shaped sheet. Enclosures: (1) “The US. to Grand & Co.,” 17 Mch. 1796, containing a chronological list of debit entries from 10 July 1784 to 17 Nov. 1790 (PrC in same, 100:17078–9; consisting of the first two pages of a single sheet that was folded to make four pages in missing MS, with Enclosures Nos. 2–3 occupying the third and fourth pages; entirely in TJ’s hand, and signed and dated by him). (2) “Virginia in account with Grand & Co.,” 17 Mch. 1796, containing debit and credit entries from 18 July 1785 to 14 Dec. 1792 (PrC in same, 17080; consisting of one page entirely in TJ’s hand, signed and dated by him; with note above his signature: “Certified to be just, except as to the article of Dec. 14. 92. 9000.livre tournois which being after I left France, I am uninformed of”). (3) “T. Jefferson in account with Grand & Co.,” 17 Mch. 1796, containing debit and credit entries from 12 Oct. 1789 to 27 Apr. 1792 (PrC in same, 17081; consisting of one page entirely in TJ’s hand, signed and dated by him, with overwriting in ink by TJ reflecting corrections to figures specified in Memorandum to Richard Harrison, [ca. 20 Mch. 1796]). The texts described by the Editors as Trs (in DLC: TJ Papers, 96: 16499) of Enclosures Nos. 2 and 4 listed at Grand & Cie.’s first letter to TJ of 25 May 1793 are actually Dfts of Enclosures Nos. 2–3 above. See also enclosures to TJ to Harrison, 17 Mch. 1796. Enclosed in TJ to Monroe, 21 Mch. 1796.

The papers which you were so kind as to send me: see Grand & Cie. to TJ, 25 May 1793 (two letters), 24 Mch. 1795, and 11 Sep. 1795, and their enclosures. Some lately recieved from the auditor of the US.: a reference to the statement, not found, enclosed in Richard Harrison to TJ, 28 Sep. 1795. I now send to the Governor: TJ to Robert Brooke, 20 Mch. 1796.

1In Dft this entry is dated “Nov. 30.”

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