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To Thomas Jefferson from John Vaughan, with Jefferson’s Note, 11 April 1793

From John Vaughan, with Jefferson’s Note

Thursday. 11 April 1793

M. Vaughan informs Mr. Jefferson that he has purchased Bills for about 15,000 Dollars and expects in an hour to complete the 20,000. He wishes to know to what order they are to be drawn, and as the parties only draw to answer pressing demands, M. V. will request that he may know as early as Convenient this morning, where to send for the money.

3000 13,000 Willing Morris & Swanwick
400  1 733.33 Walter Stewart
600  2 600. Robt. Gilmore favor Mordecai Lewis
4000 17 333.33

[Note by TJ:]

Apr. 11. 1793. drew checks on the bank for the above sums, in favor of W. M. & S. of W.S. and of M.L. or bearer, and delivered them to Mr. Vaughan.

RC (DLC); dateline precedes list of bills of exchange; with note at foot of text by TJ.

Vaughan enclosed the above letter in an undated note written from “No 115 So Frt Street” to the Department of State requesting that it “may be Sent out to M. Jefferson if he is not likely to be in Town by Ten O’Clock unless some of the Gentlemen in the Office may have received Directions which May enable them to reply” (RC in DLC; addressed: “To be opened At Secretary of States Office”; endorsed by TJ as a letter to the Department of State received 11 Apr. 1793). Vaughan, a Philadelphia merchant, was purchasing Bills of exchange on TJ’s behalf for remittance to England in order to carry out the act for intercourse with foreign nations, which provided for the overseas expenses of the Department of State (Report on the Fund for Foreign Intercourse, 18 Apr. 1793, and note; TJ to Thomas Pinckney, and to Willink, Van Staphorst & Hubbard, both 12 Apr. 1793). The three checks drawn by TJ on the cashier of the Bank of the United States, all dated 11 Apr. 1793, were, respectively, for $13,000 payable to Willing, Morris & Swanwick for their bill of exchange of £3,000 sterling; for $1,733.33 payable to Walter Stewart for his bill of £400 sterling, and for $2,600 payable to Mordecai Lewis for Gilmor’s bills totaling £600 sterling (FCs in DLC; entirely in TJ’s hand).

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