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    • Vaughan, Benjamin
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    • Washington Presidency
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    • 1790-12-02


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There is nothing new. Peace seems established. The Belgic provinces cannot hold out. Some have been alarmed about French affairs, but I have good reason to think they go on as usual. The inclosed is submitted to you. A Copy has been sent [to the] Bp. of Autun. RC ( DLC ); addressed; postmarked; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Jan. 1791 and so recorded in SJL ; MS slightly torn.
Two very able persons, the Bp. of Autun and Mr. Jefferson, have proposd for France and America respectively, that an universal standard of measures, and thence of weights, for all nations, should be derived from permanent data furnished by nature; and for this purpose, that recourse should be had to the length of a pendulum vibrating seconds in a given degree of latitude, and in a given...