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Tadeusz Kosciuszko to Thomas Jefferson, 24 January 1814

From Tadeusz Kosciuszko

Paris 24. Janvier–1814.

Mon Cher Ami

Je crois que la Guerre avec l’Angletaire à empeché la communication de l’Amerique avec la France, puis que je nai pas reçu de lettre de change pour l’Année passée, ni aucune de vos nouvelles. Cependant comme je suis pressé d’Argent—Ayez la bonté de m’en faire parvenir le plutot possible. ne pouriez vous pas charger quelque Americain ici ou même Mr Crawford votre Ministre c’est une petite Sômme pour lui mais trés grande pour moi—

Je vous embrasse Mille et Mille fois avec la plus grande Éstime et la Consideration la plus Distinguee

T Kosciuszko

Editors’ Translation

Paris 24. January–1814.

My Dear Friend

I believe that the war with England has hindered communications between America and France, as I have received neither a letter of exchange for last year nor any news from you. Yet, as I am short of money—please be so kind as to have some sent to me as soon as possible. Could you not entrust it to some American here or even to your minister Mr. Crawford? It is a small sum for him but a very large one for me—

I embrace you a thousand and a thousand times with the highest esteem and the most distinguished consideration

T Kosciuszko

RC (NNPM); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 2 Apr. 1814 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosed in TJ to John Barnes, 25 Apr. 1814, and Barnes to TJ, 18 May 1814. Translation by Dr. Genevieve Moene.

In a covering letter written from Berville on 24 Jan. 1814, Kosciuszko asked William H. crawford to forward “la lettre ci jointe à Mr Jefferson par le premier Navire a votre disposition” (“the enclosed letter to Mr. Jefferson by the first ship at your disposal”) (RC in possession of The Century Association, New York City, 1948; addressed: “À Monsieur Monsieur Crawford Ministre Plenipotantiaire des Etats Unis de l’Amerique à Paris à son Hotel”; stamped; postmarked 27 Jan. 1814).

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