Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Van Staphorst & Hubbard, 8 May 1800

To Van Staphorst & Hubbard

Philadelphia May. 8. 1800.


I take the liberty, as heretofore, of putting under your cover letters to my friends Genl. Kosciuzko & the Baron de Geismar. the General writes so seldom & so cautiously that I know not where he is. he has so many titles to my affectionate esteem, that I am always anxious to hear of his health and his pursuits. mr Barnes now makes you a remittance for him of 1082. Dollars. I sometime ago paid to mr Ludlow for you 200. Dollars. not having with me a note of the precise amount of the annual interest, I paid a remittance sufficient to cover it.

We have hopes of a speedy accomodation with France, and of the resuming our commerce with that country. it gives us too the hope of a peace with all the world. we want nothing but peace, [reasoning] in our government, and a more vigorous attention to the discharge of our national debt & to the contracting no more, to make us a happy & a prosperous people. the agonies of Europe indeed have not been altogether unfelt here: they kindled for a while the most dissocial passions. I am happy however to see that these are rapidly subsiding, and the public temper & principles returning to their habitual state. it is not improbable that some agitation will be produced by the elections of the ensuing season. but we are so thoroughly obedient to the principle of yeilding to the will of the majority, that the declaration of that will, always produces instantaneous acquiescence & calm. so that we have nothing to fear for the solidity of our government. accept assurances of the constant & sincere esteem & attachment of Gentlemen

Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); faint; at head of text: “Messrs. Van Staphorst & Hubbard”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosures: (1) TJ to Tadeusz Kosciuszko, 7 May 1800. (2) TJ to Baron von Geismar, 8 May 1800, recorded in SJL but not found.

According to SJL TJ wrote to Daniel Ludlow & Co. on 11 Apr. 1800 “inclosg. 200. D. for V.S. & H.,” and on 15 Apr. he received the firm’s reply dated the previous day. Neither letter has been found. The payment was for interest on the bonds TJ owed to Van Staphorst & Hubbard (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, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1016).

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