Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Sulayman Melmelli, 9 December 1805

Washington City December. 9th 1805


I take the liberty of Writing you these few lines for the trouble I have given, We have have been here these ten days, and We have been very Well treated, and in ten days more our fa[. . . .] will be over, and my People will Want Wine And I dont Wish them to have any. for fear they Should fight amongh one Another, For that Reason I wish if it is agreeable to you to Send me the money that you Spend every day for us. And I will purchase What ever We Want, and as the Winter is coming on, And I dont wish too much Expence for the sake of our Country, This is only What I think, But You may you may do as please.

N.B . . I have not writing this letter, without the Consent of Mr Davis—

Soliman Ma llimelli

Ambassador of the Queen of Tunis

DNA: RG 59--CD--Consular Despatches, Tunis.

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