To Mark L. Descaves
Monticello Aug. 1. 17.
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments and his thanks to Mr Deslaves for his obliging attention in forwarding to him a letter from his friend M. de la Fayette; which indeed he would have recieved with more pleasure from the hand of M. Deslaves himself had his curiosity or convenience tempted him to have visited Virginia. having very lately written to Genl La Fayette, he has only to express his obligations to M. Deslaves for his kind offers of transmission, and to salute him with great consideration.
PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as a letter to Mark L. “Deslaves” and so recorded in SJL.