Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 16 January 1816

To James Monroe

Monticello Jan. 16. 16.

Dear Sir

It being interesting to me that the inclosed letters should get safely to their destination, I pray you to give them a passage under the protection of your cover by your first dispatches to Paris & Leghorn. On my return from Bedford I had proposed a meeting of the arbitrators & surveyor to settle finally the question between you & mr Short. but successive snows which have kept the ground constantly covered since that have prevented. the surveyor guided by Price will measure the quantity, and I suppose the arbitrators, already understanding the question, will settle it together without going on the ground. I shall attend neither operation. I have an opportunity of getting some vines planted next month under the direction of M. David, brought up to the business from his infancy. will you permit me to take the trimmings of your vines, such I mean as ought to be taken from them the next month? it shall be done by him so as to ensure no injury to them.

A M. La Motte of Havre wishing the consulate of that place, I have been requested to state to you what I know of him. during the revolution war Dr Franklin appointed a M. Limouzin Consul there, & I think he appointed La Motte vice consul. Limozin died & La Motte succeeded to the duties of the office, but whether appointed Consul in full, I do not remember. on the French revoln & decline of commerce he retired into the country & Cutting was appointed Consul. who since1 I know not. La Motte has now returned and wishes the office. what I know of him is that he is a very honest man, of great worth, very much respected there & very diligent. I knew him well while I was in France, & esteemed him highly. who are the competitors I know not; but you will judge of their comparative merit. ever & affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNYSL); torn at seal, with missing text supplied from PoC; addressed: “James Monroe Secretary of State Washington”; franked; postmarked Milton, 16 Jan.; endorsed by Monroe as answered 22 Jan. 1816. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ. Enclosures: (1) TJ to Thomas Appleton, 14 Jan. 1816. (2) TJ to Henry Jackson, 16 Jan. 1816, and enclosure.

The surveyor was William Woods. American commissioner Benjamin franklin left no comment on William Lee’s unofficial appointment of André Limozin (limouzin) as commercial agent at Le Havre in 1778. Limozin, who had performed some of the functions of a consul, died in 1789. The following year Delamotte was appointed United States vice-consul at Le Havre and served in that capacity until the 1793 appointment and confirmation of Nathaniel cutting as consul. Cutting was succeeded the following year by Thomas Waters Griffith (Franklin, Papers description begins Leonard W. Labaree and others, eds., The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, 1959– , 40 vols. description ends , 25:639, 26:60–2, 27:128–9; PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 38 vols. description ends , 11:99, 12:244, 13:388, 14:60, 62n, 537, 15:237, 16:206, 207n, 575; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 1:48, 52, 129, 131, 166 [4, 22 June 1790, 19, 20 Feb. 1793, 17, 18 Dec. 1794]).

1Manuscript: “sine.”

Index Entries

  • Albemarle County, Va.; surveyor of search
  • Cutting, Nathaniel; as consul at Le Havre search
  • David, Jean; as possible Monticello vintner search
  • Delamotte, Mr.; as vice-consul at Le Havre search
  • Delamotte, Mr.; seeks consulship at Le Havre search
  • Franklin, Benjamin; as American commissioner in France search
  • Griffith, Thomas Waters; as consul at Le Havre search
  • Highland (J. Monroe’s Albemarle Co. estate); boundary dispute search
  • Indian Camp (W. Short’s Albemarle Co. estate); boundary dispute search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and Highland–Indian Camp boundary dispute search
  • Lee, William (1772–1840); and commercial agent for Le Havre search
  • Limozin, André; commercial agent in Le Havre search
  • Monroe, James; and Highland–Indian Camp boundary dispute search
  • Monroe, James; as secretary of state search
  • Monroe, James; letters to search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); viticulture at search
  • Price, Richard (of Milton); and Highland–Indian Camp boundary dispute search
  • Short, William; and Indian Camp search
  • Woods, William (ca.1777–1849); and Highland–Indian Camp boundary dispute search