Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Tadeusz Kosciuszko, [14 August] 1800

From Tadeusz Kosciuszko

Paris 26 Thermidor [14 Aug.] rue de Lille No 545.

My dear Sir

I have the honor to receive your letter of 7th: of May in which you gave me a notice of 1082. Dollars being the last dividents for me—and that you send over by Mr Barnes likwise a skitch of my land. I beg of you to send Thousands thanks from me to Colonel Armstrong for his goodnese, This Land require som settement. Can you procure one or more farmers of good reputation each for a Hundred acres, i should give them Land for nothing for five years on condition that after that terme will pay me the rente one procent Lesse than authers in that part of the Country, or upon any condition you thing proper. You have so many friends her that i most beforehand pay you the first my respects as to the President of the United States. I hope you will be the same in that new station always good, true Americane a Philosopher and my Friend, it may hapen under your helme i shall returne to America, but not otherwise, I do not see a great difficulty for your self to make accomodation with France what i know. I send you by this convey[anc]e a new book to remember me by. accept my thanks for the troubles i gave you and be assured of my friendship Esteem, Consideration, respect and Constante love for ever


T: Kosciuszko

The peace kwite made with Austria

I have received a letter of exchange from Mr Barnes for 1082 Dollars.

RC (MHi); damaged; English date supplied; endorsed by TJ as received 24 Apr. 1801 and so recorded in SJL.

The new book may have been the work translated by Jonathan Williams and published in New York in 1808 as Kosciuszko’s Manœuvres of Horse Artillery: Written at Paris in the Year 1800 at the Request of General Wm. R. Davie, then Envoy from the United States to France; see Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 1149.

After the battle at Marengo, Bonaparte offered Austria a peace settlement. The Austrians made a deliberately ambiguous response, but during July their messenger, Count St. Julien, concluded a negotiation in Paris without authorization. The Hapsburg foreign minister, Baron Thugut, tried to undo St. Julien’s actions, but in September Emperor Francis accepted new armistice terms from the French and Thugut resigned (Roider, Thugut description begins Karl A. Roider, Jr., Baron Thugut and Austria’s Response to the French Revolution, Princeton, 1987 description ends , 340–50).

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