Thomas Jefferson Papers

David Bailie Warden to Thomas Jefferson, 21 January 1813

From David Bailie Warden

21 Jan 1813

I had the pleasure of writing to you, the 1st of nov. last, by duplicate,1 concerning packages and letters forwarded to you by different channels of conveyance. Senator Tracy is anxious to know whether you received a MS, which I delivered to Mr. Barlow, to be sent with his dispatches —This will be accompanied with a copy of the civil, penal, and criminal codes, which I beg you to accept. Mr. marbois, whom I often see, bids me present you his respects, and attachment—Being the only commissioned agent of our government here, the affairs of the Legation have devolved into my hands—I have been acknowledged in the most favorable manner and if I had powers to negotiate; there is much reason to believe, that a treaty acceptable to the U.S: might be executed2—It shall3 be my duty in other respects to fill up the vacancy left by the ministers death—His letter to mr. Latrobe must have made an unfortunate impression in the U.S: it was particularly calculated to injure our relations with this government— I inclose a letter from Mr. Mazzei

FC (MdHi: Warden Letterbook); in Warden’s hand; in left margin: “Mr Jefferson” and, perpendicularly, “By Dr. Stephens.” Probably never received by TJ.

TJ subsequently received the enclosed set of codes, Code d’Instruction criminelle. Édition originale et seule officielle, 2 vols. (Paris, 1810; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 2219) and Code de Commerce, collationné sur les Registres du Conseil d’État, par M. Raynal, Chef du Bureau des Procès-Verbaux (Paris, 1807; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends no. 2220) (Alexander H. Stevens to TJ, 10 Aug. 1813; TJ to Stevens, 23 Aug. 1813). Joel Barlow’s letter of 29 Feb. 1812 to Benjamin Henry latrobe expressed doubt that he could conclude a trade agreement with Napoleon, given that “argument and eloquence have but little power in the case.” On 16 June 1812 James A. Bayard quoted from Barlow’s letter in a United States Senate speech against the declaration of war on Great Britain (Latrobe, Papers description begins John C. Van Horne and others, eds., The Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 1984–88, 3 vols. description ends , 3:250–1; Bayard, Speech of the Hon. James A. Bayard, In the Senate of the U. States [Exeter, N.H., 1812], 14). The enclosure from Philip mazzei was probably his missing letter to TJ of 27 Sept. 1812 (see note to TJ to Mazzei, 9 July 1811).

1Warden here canceled “informing you.”

2Word interlined in place of “agreed.”

3Reworked from “will.”

Index Entries

  • Barbé Marbois, François de, marquis de search
  • Barlow, Joel; and treaty negotiations in Paris search
  • Bayard, James Ashton; and speech on war with Great Britain search
  • Code de Commerce (D. Raynal) search
  • Code d’Instruction criminelle search
  • Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude; Élémens d’Idéologie search
  • Élémens d’Idéologie (Destutt de Tracy) search
  • Latrobe, Benjamin Henry; and J. Barlow’s letter search
  • law; French search
  • Mazzei, Philip; letters from accounted for search
  • Napoleon I, emperor of France; and trade agreement with U.S. search
  • Napoleon I, emperor of France; code of search
  • Raynal, David; Code de Commerce search
  • Warden, David Bailie; as consul at Paris search
  • Warden, David Bailie; letters from search
  • Warden, David Bailie; sends books search