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The Mirabeau Incident

From: Jefferson Papers | Main Series | Volume 15 | The Mirabeau Incident

More than once Jefferson expressed, with obvious sincerity, the same characteristic feeling that he voiced in the preceding communication to his fellow Americans in Paris: “To glide unnoticed thro’ a silent execution of duty, is the only ambition which becomes me, and it is the sincere desire of my heart.” The ink was scarcely dry on these words when the Comte de Mirabeau in the National...
This Morning Has Been Employed in Hearing the Report of a Committee for Subsistance and As they were Going to Vote thanks to Administration Mr. de Mirabeau Rose and said He Could Give proofs to the House that You Had Made offers to obtain flour from America which Have Been Refused—He Announced His Motion On that Head for to Morrow, and Means to Ground on this an Attack Against Administration....
I never made an offer to any body to have corn or flour brought here, from America: no such idea ever entered my head. Mr. Necker desired me to give information in America that there would be a want of flour. I did so in a letter to Mr. Jay , which he published with my name to it for the encouragement of the merchants. Those here who have named me on this subject, must have mistaken me for Mr....
J’ai L’honneur de vous faire passer la petite notte que vous m’avés Demandée. Elle Contient et présente L’etat Des Bleds et farines Venus Dé Chez Les Américains Libres Depuis L’Emission Des arrets qui ont accordé des primes à L’importation de Ces Denrées. M. Le Marquis Du Crest, à qui J’avais fait Espérer que vous viendriés Visiter sa Manufacture Dimanche Dernier, Vous y attendit. Vous y...
Etats des Bleds et farines venus des Etats unis d’Amérique en france depuis le 15. février Jusqu’a la fin de may 1789. nombre des Navires venus des êtats unis d’amérique ports de france ou ils ont abordé mois de leur arrivée en france froment qu’ils y ont aporté farines  3. mars  9,627.Qx  “  1,656.Qx. “  4. Bordeaux
I inclose you a letter on the subject of what Mr. Mirabeau said which you were so good as to say you would have read in the assembly. I find that there has been imported from the United States into the Atlantic ports of France from March to May inclusive 44,116 quintals of corn   12,221 quintals of flour making 56,337 quintals. Add to this what has been imported since the month of May, suppose...
Your letter of yesterday gave me the first information that Monsieur de Mirabeau had supposed to the honorable the assembly of the nation that I had made an offer to Mr. Necker to obtain from America a quantity of corn or flour, which had been refused. I know not how Monsieur de Mirabeau has been led into this error. I never in my life made any proposition to Mr. Necker on the subject: I never...
I have the honor to inclose you a copy of my letter to Monsieur de la Fayette correcting the error into which the States general had been led by Monsieur de Mirabeau. Monsieur de la Fayette had spoke to him yesterday morning, and he acknowleged that he had been mistaken in the fact he had asserted, and promised that he would set it to rights in the assembly when the subject should be brought...
I have the honor to inclose you a copy of my letter to Monsieur de la Fayette. When I called on him yesterday he had already spoken to Monsieur de Mirabeau, who acknoleged he had been in an error in what he had advanced in the assembly of the nation as to the proposition supposed to have been made by me to your excellency, and undertook to declare his error when the subject should be resumed...
M. le comte de Montmorin a l’honneur de faire mille complimens à Monsieur Jefferson, et de le remercier de la copie de lettre qu’il a bien voulu lui envoyer. RC ( DLC ). Not recorded in SJL . However, entries in SJL for this date indicate that TJ wrote three separate letters to Montmorin, whereas, so far as is known, TJ wrote only two, one of them containing an enclosure. It is probable,...