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David Bailie Warden to Thomas Jefferson, 6 May 1814

From David Bailie Warden

Paris, 6 may 1814.

Dear Sir,

yesterday I had the pleasure of receiving your letter, of the 29th of December last, with those inclosed, which I have delivered to their address, with the exception of two, one for Gen. Kosciusko: the other, for mr. mazzei: these I shall forward by the first1 conveyance: the former lives in the Country near Fontainbleau. Madame De Tessé is no more: she died some months ago. gen. La Fayette is now at Paris, with his son and daughter. His Son in law has been a prisoner in Russia, since the affair of moscow, and is daily expected here. The General has lately become heir to a very considerable property by the death of Relations.—

I cannot conceive what became of the seeds by the Bellona the Supercargo—mr. Breuil of Philadelphia promised to take great care of them: they were delivered to his agent, at nantes, and their receipt acknowledged: this vessel certainly2 arrived at Philadelphia.—The first Copy of Toulongeon, was left with other volumes, at cherburg; the Captain of the Hornet refusing to take the case which contained them, on board. In autumn last, I forwarded to you, through our minister, a copy of my essay on Consular Establishments, which I presume you have not received—I now send another by a friend—mr. Corran, who promises to leave it at the office of the Department of State. The change of Government here, with which You will be acquainted before this reaches you, has occasioned an enquiry concerning parliamentary practise; and your manual, on this subject, has been sought by several Officers of the Government. no copy can be found here.—I hope soon to receive one from Philadelphia.—

I feel much obliged to you for the information which you have been pleased to give me concerning our public Affairs. The English are deeply mortified at our Naval success, and profiting of the wonderful influence which they have lately acquired, they Seem determined to Send a considerable force to Canada, consisting of Several Regiments of Lord Wellingtons’ army, and several thousand Seamen destined for the Lakes, with the pieces and prepared materials of frigates, which are to be constructed, as if by enchantment, in their ports.—During the present coalition we can hope for nothing more than neutrality from the northern powers: their interests must soon induce them to oppose the English doctrine concerning naturalisation and the impressment of Seamen.—I am now occupied with this Subject; and if political circumstances do not prevent, I shall probably publish the result of my researches. I inclose two Brochures—one on the french Constitution: the other Notice des travaux de la classe des beaux Arts3

I also inclose a copy of the prospectus of Michaux’ work—He is much gratified by your letter

Please Sir to present my respects to mr & mrs Randolph: and to Accept of my thanks and gratitude for the Attention which you are pleased to shew me

your very obedient Servant

David Bailie Warden

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esquire, monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 Sept. 1814 and so recorded in SJL. 1st Dupl (DLC); dated 5 May 1814; at head of text: “Copy—The original sent by Mr Corran.” 2d Dupl (DLC); dated 5 May 1814; adjacent to dateline: “Duplicate”; conjoined with RC of Warden to TJ, 1 Aug. 1814; endorsed by TJ as received 12 Oct. 1814. FC (MdHi: Warden Letterbook); in Warden’s hand; dated 5 May 1814; endorsed by Warden as sent “By Corran.” Enclosure: unidentified issue of Notice des travaux de la Classe des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut Royal de France. Other enclosures not found.

TJ had not received the previous copy of Warden’s essay, On the Origin, Nature, Progress and Influence of Consular Establishments (Paris, 1813; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 12 [no. 712]), sent through William H. Crawford, the American minister plenipotentiary to France. The change of government was the abdication of Napoleon and restoration of the Bourbon monarchy (Connelly, Napoleonic France description begins Owen Connelly and others, eds., Historical Dictionary of Napoleonic France, 1799–1815, 1985 description ends , 3–5).

1Dupls and FC here add “safe.”

2Word not in Dupls or FC.

31st Dupl and FC end here. 2d Dupl concludes here with “I am sir, with great respect, your very obliged Servant.”

Index Entries

  • A Manual of Parliamentary Practice (Thomas Jefferson); French demand for search
  • Bellona (schooner) search
  • Breuil, Mr. search
  • Canada; British troops in search
  • Corran, Patrick; forwards book to TJ search
  • Crawford, William Harris; forwards book to TJ search
  • France; Bourbon dynasty restored search
  • France; Napoleon’s constitution search
  • Great Britain; navy of search
  • Histoire de France (F. E. Toulongeon) search
  • Hornet, USS (sloop) search
  • impressment; and Northern Europe search
  • Institut de France; Notice des travaux de la Classe des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut Royal de France search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Manual of Parliamentary Practice search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; letters to mentioned search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; family of search
  • Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de; financial situation of search
  • Mazzei, Philip; letters to mentioned search
  • Michaux, François André; prospectus of search
  • Napoleon I, emperor of France; abdicates search
  • Notice des travaux de la Classe des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut Royal de France search
  • On the Origin, Nature, Progress and Influence of Consular Establishments (D. B. Warden) search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings to search
  • seeds; sent to TJ search
  • Tessé, Adrienne Catherine de Noailles de; death of search
  • Toulongeon, François Emmanuel, vicomte de; Histoire de France search
  • Warden, David Bailie; letters from search
  • Warden, David Bailie; on impressment search
  • Warden, David Bailie; On the Origin, Nature, Progress and Influence of Consular Establishments search
  • Warden, David Bailie; on War of1812 search
  • Warden, David Bailie; sends greetings to Randolphs search
  • War of1812; U.S. naval victories during search
  • Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of (formerly Viscount); troops of sent to Canada search