Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Jean Xavier Bureaux de Pusy, [7 January 1800]

To Jean Xavier Bureaux de Pusy

Philadelphia [Jan. 7. 1800]


I avail myself of the first moments of leisure […] my arrival here to acknolege the reciept of your favor of Dec. 9. & to express my regret that my absence deprived me of the pleasure of a personal interview. it is the first opportunity which has ever been presented me of asking a thousand questions as to my much esteemed friend La Fayette whose sufferings have been to me a source of the most sincere anxiety. how much have I to say to him, how much to philosophise on the astonishing developments of the human character on both sides of the Atlantic! but this I reserve to the moment of my meeting him; & may that moment soon arrive as he gives me reason to hope. it will be a circumstance of additional joy to recieve with him my old friend, & the best & wisest of men, Monsr. Dupont. accept I pray you Sir assurances, for yourself and the friends who have accompanied you, of every service I can render you here. your character and my esteem for it entitle you to this, independant of the wishes of Messrs. de la Fayette & Liancourt. I am happy to hear that the latter preserves his health; his worth entitles him to the best wishes of everyone. if you should recieve any new information as to Monsr. de la Fayette or Dupont, & especially as to the time & certainty of our expecting them here, you will oblige me by a communication of it by letter. I need not add how much pleasure I should recieve, should your affairs bring you here during my stay, from an opportunity of assuring you personally of the high respect & esteem with which I am Sir

Your most obedt. humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); damaged, date and estimated three or four words of first sentence obliterated; date supplied from SJL; at foot of text: “M Bureaux-Pusy”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

Friends who have accompanied you: Bureaux de Pusy had traveled to the United States with his young daughter and his mother-in-law, Françoise Robin Poivre Du Pont de Nemours, to prepare for the arrival of the extended Du Pont family. His wife, who was pregnant with their second child, had expected to make the voyage with him but had been detained in Europe by illness (Saricks, Du Pont description begins Ambrose Saricks, Pierre Samuel Du Pont de Nemours, Lawrence, Kans., 1965 description ends , 277–8).

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