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From Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Smith, [25 July 1801]

To Samuel Smith

Washington [July 25]. 1801.

Dear [Sir]

Yours of the 23d. came to hand last night. I am unacquainted with the particular conduct of young Yznardi, but if it has been strongly improper I wish his retirement: because having rejected a midnight nomination there, the person substituted should be above exception. I see but one remedy, which is to make mr Yznardi, the father, Consul. [I am] persuaded he can render us better services than any other, & in fact [it is] himself & not his son who has ever been considered as the real Consul. I leave this place on Thursday next, 30th. inst. accept my affectionate esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

P.S. I return mr Yznarde’s lre.

PrC (DLC); faint; at foot of text, overwritten by TJ in ink: “Genl. S. Smith”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

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