Thomas Jefferson Papers

Sylvanus Bourne to Thomas Jefferson, 12 September 1810

From Sylvanus Bourne

Amsterdam Sept 12 1810—


Your letter of the 2d May covering one for the Secretary of the 1t Class of the Royal Institute of Arts & Sciences here was recd this day (pr the Hornet Brig of war arrived in France—) & the Inclosure has been duly dld to its address.

Something lately emanated from the Cabinet of the Tuilleries touching the Decrees of Berlin & Milan which at first blush bore a pleasing aspect—but it has passed over as a meteor leaving no trace behind.

The Agonies of Europe have not yet reached their Crisis nor have the U States yet ceased to feel their Share of the pain & embarrassment resulting therefrom both in a commercial & political point of view—which the want of unanimity in our people & consequent want of energy in the Govt cannot fail to enhance.

I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Yr Ob Servt

S Bourne

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Honble Thos Jefferson Eqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Nov. 1810 and so recorded in SJL.

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