Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Antonia Reynon Carmichael, 30 May 1797

To Antonia Reynon Carmichael

Philadelphia May 30. 1797.


I am to return you my thanks for the copy of the memoire you have been so good as to send me. It contains just and interesting observations on the importance of a navigation through the isthmus of Darien. The late Mr. Carmichael had hoped he could procure for us the copy of a survey of that isthmus said to exist in the archives of the Spanish government. But I imagine it is too carefully kept. My curiosity being entirely directed to this object the engravings which relate merely to Hernan Cortez would not be within my views. I shall be happy in every opportunity of renewing to you assurances of the sentiments of esteem & respect with which I have the honor to be Madam Your most obedt. & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Carmichael.”

The memoire on the Isthmus of Darien was enclosed in Carmichael’s letter of 8 May 1797. In regard to the survey that William Carmichael had hoped to obtain, see his letter to TJ of 24 July 1788.

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