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Herewith I take the Liberty to cover you a Letter from my Father, Colo. Mason of Virginia, which had promised myself the pleasure of delivering, but a Want of the Language and Engagements in Business have obliged me to defer my Trip to Paris untill some period during the Winter; when I shall do myself the Honour of paying my Respects to you in person. As perhaps you have had no late Accounts...
I have duly received your favor of Aug. 23. as well as the one from your father which was therein inclosed. I am always happy to hear of his good health, and shall with great pleasure comply with his wishes that I should render you such services as may come within my line. I think the position you have taken at Bordeaux must be a good one, and a trade judiciously conducted between that port...
Bordeaux, 25 Oct. 1788. Gratefully acknowledges TJ’s letter of 2 Sep. with its “friendly Contents” will pay his respects when he comes to Paris. Forwarded a letter from his father “on the Subject of procuring some french Manufactures to suit the Consumption of the Southern States of America,” about which he would like TJ’s opinion; is willing to show samples to the manufacturers. “We have been...
It has not been possible for me sooner to do myself the honour of answering your favor of Oct. 25. The ministry have agreed to receive all the cargoes of our oil already on their way, till a further arrangement can be finally settled: and I have great reason to hope we shall obtain a re-establishment of the arret of Dec. 29. as to our whale oils; in which case, the English being excluded, we...
Bordeaux, 20 Dec. 1788 . Acknowledges TJ’s letter of 24 Nov.; would have replied sooner, but he expected a ship from America with “samples of the manufactures” mentioned; they did not come by her; will order them from London. They “have a vessel sailing for Potomack in eight or ten days,” and if TJ has any commands he will be “extremely careful in forwarding them.” RC ( MHi ); 2 p.; endorsed.
Bordeaux, 11 July 1789 . On Cutting’s information, he informs TJ that the Washington , Capt. Bond, is there, destined in 10 days for Potomac river but can touch at Norfolk: “a fine fast sailing ship of 250 to 300 Tons with excellent accomodations and a very clever Man as Captain.” If TJ wishes to take her it will give him pleasure to detain her. “She goes out in ballast and being an american...
I am honored with your favor of the 11th. and sincerely thank you for the offer of your ship, which I would certainly have embraced, had I been at liberty to go. But I have not yet received permission, and must await that. I beg you to remember me in the most friendly terms to your father. I have put off answering his letter because I expected constantly to make my voyage to America and to see...
I had the Honour to address you twelve or fourteen days agoe by way of Potomac covering a collection of Pamph[l]ets relative to the Revolution we have just experienced in this Country which from their extraordinary nature hoped might have been acceptable —now by way of Phila. I take the Liberty (in case of miscarriage) to send you a Acct of them with an addition of some which have since...
Bordeaux, 8 Sep. 1789 . Regretted extremely to learn from TJ’s letter of July that he was not at liberty to sail then, as “the Ship and Season provided a safe and agreable Passage.” Will be glad to keep him informed about boats sailing from Bordeaux and to make arrangements there.—“I am sorry Sir to be troublesome to you about my little affairs, when you may be occupied about those of much...
In answer to your favor of the 8th. inst. I am to inform you that no premium is as yet decided on for the importation of wheat or flour after the present month. The ministers however are sensible there will be a want of that article, and seem disposed to give a premium. They will take it into consideration very shortly, and make it public if they decide on a bounty. With respect to tobacco,...