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Daniel Brent to Thomas Jefferson, 10 January 1819

From Daniel Brent

Washington, January 10. 1819.

Dear Sir,

I received your note of the 22nd of December, covering a Letter for General la Fayette, which I transmitted to the Collector of the Customs at New york immediately after it came to Hand, enclosed to mr Beasley, our Consul at Havre; and it is, I dare say, already forwarded by some vessel from the first mentioned place.

I have just received a Letter from mr Sheldon, Secretary of our Legation at Paris, dated the 5th of November, which contains the following paragraph—“The late election of the annual fifth of the Chamber of Deputies” (General la Fayette being one of the chosen) “has left the Ministry precisely as they were before; but the liberales have gained 14 or 15 members at the expence of the ultras; and this is a good deal out of 58, the whole number elected. The elections are now free and impartial, and may be taken as a fair expression of the popular sentiment.” I have the Honour to remain, with sentiments of the Highest Respect and esteem, Dear Sir, your obedt & very humble servant,

Daniel Brent.

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 14 Jan. 1819 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John H. Cocke, 19 Feb. 1819, on verso; addressed: “Mr Jefferson, Monticello”; franked; postmarked (faint) Washington, [1]1 Jan.

No note of the 22nd of december from TJ to Brent has been found, nor is one recorded in SJL. The letter for general la fayette may have been TJ to Lafayette, 23 Nov. 1818, but it could also have been a separate communication transmitting copies of the University of Virginia Commissioners’ Report and Destutt de Tracy, Treatise on Political Economy, which TJ dispatched to a number of his friends around that time. David Gelston was collector of the customs at New York City.

Index Entries

  • Beasley, Reuben Gaunt; consul at Le Havre search
  • Brent, Daniel; letters from search
  • Brent, Daniel; letters to accounted for search
  • Brent, Daniel; on elections in France search
  • Brent, Daniel; TJ sends letters through search
  • France; Chambre des Députés search
  • France; political situation in search
  • Gelston, David; collector at New York search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Proceedings and Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; as electoral candidate search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; works sent to search
  • Proceedings and Report of the Commissioners for the University of Virginia (Thomas Jefferson); distributed by TJ search
  • Sheldon, Daniel; as secretary of U.S. legation in Paris search
  • Virginia, University of; Establishment; commissioners’ report search