Thomas Jefferson Papers

Lafayette to Thomas Jefferson, 24 March 1810

From Lafayette

Paris 24h March 1810

My dear friend

I Have Had Lately, Notwistanding the Strangeness of the times, Good Opportunities to write to You—Nor do I think this Letter is the only one I Shall Send By the John Adams—But Before I Leave paris, where I Have Been detained By Very disagreable pecuniary troubles, I must Lodge with General Armstrong a third Copy of My long dissertation on my private affairs—a memorial Still Longer Has Accompanied the two others—that Apology of my Budget ought itself to Be Apologised for—But I am myself So shocked with the Strange Appearance of my Situation in that Respect that my first object now is to offer You, in the Review of my Vicissitudes, what may Lessen the Blame—Mde de tessé is in Better Health—She Has writen to You By Count palhen—Refering You this morning to past and future Letters I Shall only offer the Expression of my Affectionate Grateful friendship


The Anxiety I feel to lay Before You the Statement of my Affairs Urges me to inclose an other Copy of it recommending it to Your kind indulgent perusal.

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 17 June 1810 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Lafayette’s Description of his Finances, [ca. 18 Nov. 1809], or a variant thereof. Enclosed in James Madison to TJ, 15 June 1810.

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  • John Adams (ship); carries letters to and from Europe search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; financial situation of search
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