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Thomas Jefferson to John Vaughan, 15 January 1816

To John Vaughan

Monticello Jan. 15. 16.

Dear Sir

In a letter of Dec. 22. I asked whether a remittance of a small sum could be directly made from Philada to Leghorn; and not doubting that it may I take the liberty of inclosing to you 70.D. bills of the US. and of asking the favor of you to remit 50. Dollars to Thomas Appleton Consul of the US. at that place.

I have done it without waiting an answer to my enquiry, because the remittance is for some Florence wine, which if not sent off by the 1st of April will hardly bear the passage. were there no direct opportunity from Philadelphia mr Appleton has two nephews in business at Baltimore thro’ whom perhaps it could be made.

the balance of the inclosed I wish to remain in your hand as a small fund on which I can draw for trifling charges sometimes occurring, as lately in the case of Dr Patterson for the package of a clock. for the same reason I had sometime ago desired mr Short to pay to you a small balance in his hands. I will request you to forward the inclosed letter with the remittance to mr Appleton.

The papers tell us that Chaptal & La Cepede are to take refuge with us from the persecutions of their new old masters. Oh! for a National University to avail ourselves of such talents. Affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (Robert T. L. Patterson, Garden City, N.Y., 1948); at foot of text: “Mr Vaughan”; endorsed by Vaughan as received 24 Jan. and answered 26 Feb. 1816, with the further notation that the letter had contained $70 in treasury notes to be sold, of which $50 was to be remitted to Thomas Appleton in Leghorn. PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Appleton, 14 Jan. 1816.

On 17 Jan. 1816 the Washington Daily National Intelligencer reprinted an inaccurate report that the French scientists Jean Antoine chaptal and Lacépède (la cepede) were preparing to come to the United States because of the return to power of their new old masters, the Bourbons (DSB description begins Charles C. Gillispie, ed., Dictionary of Scientific Biography, 1970–80, 16 vols. description ends , 7:546–8; Connelly, Napoleonic France description begins Owen Connelly and others, eds., Historical Dictionary of Napoleonic France, 1799–1815, 1985 description ends , 105–6).

Index Entries

  • Appleton, Charles H.; merchant search
  • Appleton, Nathaniel W.; merchant search
  • Appleton, Thomas; and wine for TJ search
  • Appleton, Thomas; consul at Leghorn search
  • Appleton, Thomas; TJ pays search
  • Chaptal, Jean Antoine, comte de; rumored immigration to U.S. of search
  • clocks; TJ’s astronomical case clock search
  • Florence, Italy; wine of search
  • France; Bourbon dynasty restored search
  • Italy; wine from search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; exchanges Treasury notes search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; orders wine from T. Appleton search
  • Lacépède, Bernard Germain Étienne de La Ville-Sur-Illon, comte de; rumored immigration to U.S. of search
  • Patterson, Robert; and astronomical case clock search
  • Short, William; and payments to TJ search
  • Treasury Department, U.S.; treasury notes search
  • Vaughan, John; letters to search
  • Vaughan, John; makes payments for TJ search
  • wine; of Florence search
  • wine; TJ orders from T. Appleton search