Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Julian Ursin Niemcewicz, 10 April 1807

10th. April 1807 Elisabeth Town.


The important Events passing now in Poland, have certainly Sir attracted your attention, and as a friend to freedom and national Independance, have excited your Interest, never was there a more promising prospect of that unhappy Country regaining its existence. Altho now an American Citizen & enjoing under your Administration the blessings of the only free Governement in the world, I can not ferget my native Country: Consistent in my principles, I consider it as a Sacred duty to hasten to my post, & join my feeble Services to those my Countrymen undertake. The present war exposes even the neutrals to a thousand vexations, they can not be to well provided with passports, Certificats &:&: I have my Certificat as an American Citizen, but take the Liberty to apply to You, that you may be so good, as to direct the Secretary of State Mr. Maddison (:to whom, I have not the honor to be acquinted:) to give me a Passport. Should you wish to write to Gl: Kosciuszko, or give me any other Commands, I shall be happy, to execute them. Permit Sir to return you my thanks for all your Civilities, & to express my most sincere wishes for your health & happiness, and the Wellfare of a Coutry which forever will be dear to me. I have the honor to be with great respect.

Sir Your Obedient humble Servant.

Julian. U. Niemcewicz

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