Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure: Power of Attorney from Tadeusz Kosciuszko to Thomas Jefferson, 13 March 1815


Power of Attorney from Tadeusz Kosciuszko

Know all Men by these presents That I Thadeus Kosciuszko do make ordain constitute and appoint Thomas Jefferson of Monticello in the State of Virginia my true and lawful Attorney for me and in my name, and on my behalf, to sell assign and transfer, unto any person or persons whatsoever, and for such price or consideration as my said Attorney shall think fit all or any part of the sum of


of the funded Six per Cent Stock of the United States of America to me belonging, which Stock was purchased for my account by order of the said Thomas Jefferson and is standing in my name in the Books of the United States

being the amount of Certificate


and also for me and in my name, to make and execute all necessary acts of Assignment and transfers, to receive and give receipts, acquittances and discharges for the consideration money arising from the sale thereof; And also for me and in my name, and on my behalf, to receive all Interest and Dividends now due, or that may or shall hereafter become due on the said Capital Stock, until the transfer thereof, and to give receipts, acquittances and discharges for the same, and further to do, execute, perform and finish all and singular acts, matters and things, which shall be expedient and necessary touching and concerning the premises as fully and effectually to all intents and purposes whatsoever as I the said General Kosciuszko, might or could do in and about the same, if personally present; and also with power to my said Attorney, to substitute an Attorney or Attornies under him for all or any of the purposes aforesaid, and to do all lawful acts requisite for effecting the premises, hereby ratifying and confirming all that my said Attorney or his Substitute or Substitutes shall do therein by Virtue of these presents—

  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Paris this Thirteenth day of March in the Year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifteen—

Thad: Kosciuszko

Signed Sealed and acknowledged in the presence of

  J B. Mélon
A Styles

MS (MHi); in a clerk’s hand; signed by Kosciuszko, Mélon, and Styles; with Kosciuszko’s seal; subjoined to attestation in the same clerk’s hand on letterhead beginning with an engraving of the American eagle and signed by Isaac Cox Barnet: “Consulate of the United States. Be it known that on this Thirteenth day of March in the Year One thousand eight hundred and fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States the 39th, before me Isaac Cox Barnet Consul of the said States for Paris and the Departments of Normandy Agent of Prize causes, Came General Kosciuszko and did sign and execute the within Power of Attorney, and acknowledge the same to be his act and deed—In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and affixed my Seal of Office the day and Year above written.”

Index Entries

  • Barnet, Isaac Cox; witnesses document search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; and investment in U.S. government loan search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; power of attorney from search
  • Mélon, J. B.; witnesses document search
  • Styles, A.; witnesses document search
  • Treasury Department, U.S.; and government stock search