Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Van Staphorst & Hubbard, 1 May 1798

To Van Staphorst & Hubbard

Philadelphia May 1. 1798.


I wrote you yesterday, acknoleging the reciept of your favor of June 25 and answering it’s contents.

General Kosciusko, who has been some time with us, has invested his effects in the bank of Pensylvania, and is about to return to Europe. he has left with me a power of attorney for the superintendance of his interests here, which I shall have specially transacted by mr John Barnes merchant of this place. I have proposed to General Kosciusko, as he may not be fixed in any one place in Europe, to make you the center for his remittances from this place. mr Barnes will therefore regularly remit to you every six months the Generals dividends which will be drawn halfyearly, and you will be so good as to pay them when recieved to the order of the General.

In this letter I enclose you for General Kosciusko the two following bills of exchange, to wit,

florins sols
Pratt & Kintzing on Kunckle,
Ruys & co. Amsterdam for 6315 16. Apr. 14. 98
E: Dutilh on I. F. & J. Dutilh Amsterdam 3157 18. Apr. 19. 98
9473 14

both at sixty days sight, which be pleased to negociate, and to hold the proceeds subject to the order of General Kosciusko. those which I enclose you are the triplicates. he will himself carry to Europe the 1st. & 2d. of each, and forward them to you on his arrival. letters of advice will accompany [each], as they do the present.

The character of this patriotic officer is too well known to you to need anything in his favor from me. you will find that his integrity is proportioned to his other good qualities for which he has been known to the world.

I am with great esteem Gentlemen Your most obedient & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); faint; at foot of text: “Messrs. Nicholas & Jacob Van Staphorst & Hubbard”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosures not found, but see below.

As TJ indicated, each of the bills of exchange for Kosciuszko was issued in multiples. TJ retained the fourth bill of each set (both in MHi; on printed forms with blanks filled, each bill matching the specifications in the letter above, the amounts being the same but called guilders rather than florins; signed and dated at Philadelphia by the issuing firms; each bill endorsed on verso by Kosciuszko).

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