From John Graham
Washington 20th May. 11.
at this time we have no information of any direct conveyance for St Petersburg; but I will certainly avail myself of the first which I deem safe, to forward the Letters you have done me the honor to commit to my care unless you should think proper to desire me to retain them until the departure of the Frigate which is to take Mr Barlow to France. If there was a certainty of her sailing in a few weeks, I should not hesitate to detain your Letters for her, as I should calculate on getting them conveyed from Paris to St Petersburg by a Russian Courier—as it is, I should be happy to receive your instructions—In the mean time I will write to New York to know what vessels are going to Russia, that I may be prepared to send your Letters by one of them, should you not wish them to be detained for the Frigate.
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 26 May 1811 and so recorded in SJL.