Leghorn 22. April 180⟨8.⟩
By the brig Thomas Jefferson which will Convey this you will likewise receive my letter in date of
the. The inclos’d having been just handed me for t⟨he⟩ President, I avail myself of this opportunity, in ⟨accord⟩ance with the wishes of the gentleman who has ch⟨arged me⟩ with it. This day the Seals have been placed on all Convents and religious houses in Tuscany, and we are ⟨in dai⟩ly expectation that a similar ceremony will be p⟨ut⟩ on the immense possessions of the noble order of St. ⟨ ⟩ which is probably the richest in Italy. The Pope ⟨still⟩ remains at Rome, but we are Assur’d he will shor⟨tly re⟩tire to Avignon, where the ancient palaces of h⟨is pre⟩decessors are repairing for his reception. I have the honor to be wit⟨h the⟩ highest respect Your Obedient Servant
DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Leghorn.