Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Victor Marie du Pont, 4 May 1803

To Victor Marie du Pont

Washington May 4. 1803.

Dear Sir

Mr. Dupont your father informed me he should have occasion to remit considerable sums of money from France to the US. the small matter for which I have occasion cannot be proposed as a convenience to him, but to myself alone. I wish to place 400. Dollars in Paris for the purchase of some wine, and know not how to remit it there. if it be convenient for you to give me your draught on your father for the equivalent of that sum in money of France, I shall be obliged to you for it; and for that purpose now inclose you four bills of the U.S. bank of this place of one hundred dollars each. to wit Nos. 4000. 4045. 5818. 5864. should you know of any vessel bound to any port of France direct, I would thank you for the information, for the conveyance of my letters. Accept my friendly salutations & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU); addressed: “Mr. Dupont at New York”; franked and postmarked; endorsed by du Pont. PrC (DLC); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosures not found, but see below.

your father informed me: in a letter written in August 1802 and received by TJ in October, Pierre Samuel Du Pont de Nemours indicated that his bank in Paris could handle remittances from the United States made in the form of deposits to the firm his son managed in New York City (Vol. 38:227–9).

four bills of the u.s. bank: in his financial memoranda TJ recorded that he received $400 from John Barnes on 3 May and sent it to du Pont the next day to purchase a bill of exchange (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 , 2:1098).

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