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John Graham to Thomas Jefferson, 23 May 1812

From John Graham

Washington 23d May 1812

Dear Sir

I do myself the Honor to put under cover with this, three Letters for you which were received by the Hornet from France yesterday.

The Letters which you sent to me some time since for Mr Maury at Liverpool I forwarded as you desired under Cover to Mr Russell I put them up with some Despatches which Mr Foster promised Mr Monroe to send with his, by the British Packet Mr Monroe & I were both of opinion that this was the safest conveyance likely to present itself for some time. I doubt not that your Letters will reach Mr Russell and I requested him to forward them to Mr Maury by a private Conveyance which I presume is readily to be met with from London to Liverpool—

I shall very sincerely regret if in this arrangement I have deviated from your wishes—

With a tender of my Services in any way in which they can be useful to you

I have the Honor to be, Sir with the Highest Respe[ct] your Mo Ob Sert

John Graham

RC (DLC); edge frayed; at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr Montecello”; endorsed by TJ as received 27 May 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

The three letters included some or all of the following, some or all of which were also enclosed in James Madison to TJ, 25 May 1812: (1) Pierre Samuel Du Pont de Nemours to TJ, 25 Jan., 14 Apr. 1812. (2) Lafayette to TJ, 22 Apr. 1812. (3) Palisot de Beauvois to TJ, 23 Feb. 1812. (4) Joseph Léonard Poirey to TJ, 1 Mar. 1812. The sloop hornet arrived in New York after a passage of twenty-one days from Cherbourg, France (Washington National Intelligencer, 23 May 1812). TJ forwarded a letter and enclosure to James maury through Graham on 25 Apr. 1812.

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  • Foster, Augustus John; British minister to U.S. search
  • Graham, John; letters from search
  • Graham, John; TJ sends letters through search
  • Hornet, USS (sloop) search
  • Maury, James; J. Graham forwards letter to search
  • Monroe, James; as secretary of state search
  • Russell, Jonathan; U.S. chargé at London search