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[ Rouen, 10 Feb. 1786 . Recorded in SJL as received 12 Feb. 1786. Not found.]
[ 20 Mch. 1788 . Recorded in SJL Index. Not found.]
Nîmes, 4 Jan. 1789. Has changed his intention of going to the North of France. “The severity of the winter here … induces me to search in the milder atmosphere of Italy … the reestablishment of my health; an happiness denied me in this Country.” Will leave in a few days for Marseilles; requests letters of introduction for Rome or Naples. RC ( DLC ); 2 p.; endorsed: “Graves Thos. Russell.”...
[ L’Orient, 2 Aug. 1787. Recorded in SJL as received 7 Aug. 1787, together with a letter of Zachariah Loreilhe [ca. 3] Aug., q.v., in which Barclay’s letter was probably enclosed. Not found.]
Ostend, 25 Aug. 1787 . Asks whether United States colors and passes for voyages may be granted for vessels fitted out in Ostend for the East Indies; and, if so, what the conditions and expenses are. Danish and other colors are granted under these circumstances. He would prefer those of the United States. RC ( DLC ); 2 p.; endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received 8 Sep. 1787.
[ Paris, 10 Apr. 1785 . Joint entry in SJL under this date reads: “Mr. Carmichael at Havre. Mr. Barclay. l’Orient and Nantes. Mr. Bonfield. Bourdeaux. Whether any vessels going to Virga. before middle of May or when? To Mr. Barcl. I acknoleged receipt of China. Whether a gentleman with valet could get passage.” None of these has been found.]
Bordeaux, 13 Aug. 1787 . Hopes that being presented by Mr. Barclay is sufficient excuse for writing; if not, “being an american may; for we are told that your Excellency’s goodness and attention, extend to the most inconsiderable of your Countrymen.” Has established himself at Bordeaux as an American ship broker with the advice and approval of Bondfield who vouches for him and suggested that...
Le Havre, 29 Jan. 1787. With “these few illiterate Lines” he is compelled by necessity to ask TJ’s assistance in getting to America. Was mate on the brig Sally , Shuball Coffin, master, from Nantucket. Is willing to work his passage across, but has been told “to procure an order from you.” Is a native of Boston. Assures TJ that he will “ever while Life Be ready and Willing to Compensate … for...
Le Havre, 30 Jan. 1787. Was a carpenter on board the ship Marianne , James Martin, master; “the Ship has been paid off by Reason of her being laid up”; has a wife and family in Virginia and desires TJ to procure for him a passage “in the Ship La Deriux Frear” sailing 10 Feb. for New York. RC ( DLC ); 2 p.; addressed; endorsed; postmarked “HAVRE.” Recorded in SJL as received 3 Feb. 1787....
[ Rouen, 11 Nov. 1785 . Recorded in SJL as received 13 Nov. 1785. Not found. This letter possibly enclosed Boylston’s proposals to TJ, which TJ in turn transmitted to Lafayette (see under 13 Nov. 1785); it was on 9 Nov. that Boylston wrote John Adams: “I have stated some proposals and laid ’em before the Marquis De Fiat and Mr. Jefferson to be introduced to the minister” (MHi: AMT). See TJ to...
[ New York, 30 Nov. 1787 . A letter from Barclay of this date is recorded in SJL Index, which letter was enclosed in the Commissioners of the Treasury to TJ, 5 Dec.1787 , received 26 Jan. 1788, and enclosed in TJ to William F. Ast, 9 Feb. 1788 , q.v.; see also TJ to Ast, 19 June 1788 . Not found.]
Mr. Nathll. Barrett, A Gentleman of a very respectable Family and of good Character will deliver Your Excellency this Letter. He goes to France upon Bussiness, which the Merchants here, confiding in his wisdom and Integrity, have committed to his Care: His Excellency Governor Bowdoin having wrote you particularly upon this Subject renders it needless for me to Enlarge. Permit me, Sir, to...
I do myself the honor to inclose to your Excellency a letter from Mr. Andrew Huntington of Norwich in Connecticut, covering a Memorial to the Marechal De Castries relative to a demand which he makes for supplies furnish’d some French Prisoners in America by order of Mr. Holker, and which Letter and Memorial I did not receive untill this day though it is dated in May 1786. I do not think that...
I wrote you by this Post, and am Now to Inform you that Mess. French & Co. have Employ’d the Mare-chaussee at all the Passes out of the Jurisdiction of the Parliament of Bordeaux to stop me on the Road. A suspicion of such a proceeding made me Alter my Intention of setting out, and I have Now Certain Information that it is so. I see Nothing for Me to Do, but to Remain where I am, untill you...
I had the honor of receiving your Excellency’s letter of July 29th. The absence from Town of the Director of the Customs has prevented my replying till this time. The result of my inquiries is thus. That the Arret in which is Clas’d the SpermaCæti candles, after enumerating the duties upon a great variety of merchandize, there is then article which says that all foreign merchandize of whatever...
I return’d from Titchfield a few days ago where I left Capt. Thompson and family in good health. They regret not having seen you particularly Mrs. Thompson . I am much surprised to find 10 Guineas ⅌ ct. premium given at Lloyds on American Vessels to or from the Continent to Lisbon and 5 from hence: up the Meditern. I suppose Amn. Vessels could not be insured for less than 20 or 25 Guineas...
I request the favor of your benevolent acceptance of the memoirs of the late excellent Thomas Hollis, who was a friend to the rights of America and of mankind in general. How would he have rejoiced to have seen these days “Tyranny defeated and the seeds of freedom planted in another world for which he could scarcely have hoped,” tho to which he was in no small degree instrumental by dispersing...
Since writing the letter which accompanies this I found the Following Memorandums in a Book of mine. It will Enable you to fill up one of the Blanks in the little Account I sent you. Mr. Jefferson 2 Dozens Madiera wine 30 livs. ⅌ Doz. 60 1½ Doz. Frontignan 24 36 1½ of Muscat 18 27 2 Pounds of tea 16 139 Received Twenty four livres 24 livs. 115 Expence of China at Rouen
Dover, Eng., 12 Aug. 1785. Thompson, a wine merchant, has for some time supplied Benjamin Franklin with two London newspapers, The Morning Chronicle and The London Chronicle; these he forwarded three times a week to Mouron, proprietor of the French packets at Calais, who then relayed them to Perregaux, a banker in Paris. TJ may send for those which are unclaimed. They come to Thompson free...
The business of my Ship now draws to a narrow. I hope to have all the Cargo on board in two or three days more, and to be in readiness to embark, in the first packet that goes for England which I expect will be in five or six days. I should be glad to be favor’d with a line before I leave Havre, advising of the progress you have made in Adjusting the remission of the duties, and whether any...
On my arrival here yesterday I had the pleasure of Receiving your letter of the 31st. of last month. My being a little indisposed I shall only say at present that on Sunday Next I propose setting out for Madrid where I will wait untill I hear from you and Mr. Adams. Mr. Franks will Immediately proceed with some letters which I wrote to you from Tangiers and Ceuta, and with several other Papers...
With this you will find the Duplicate of a letter with some papers for the Governor of Virginia , the original will go by the next packet from l’Orient, and therefore you will have the goodness to send this by some other Conveyance. I am with great Sincerity Dear Sir Your Most Obed. & Most Huml Serv:, The Bearer will deliver to you the two Belts and Cartridge Box, which I Brought here by...
I wrote you a few lines informing you of my arrival, and Expectation of seeing the Count of Florida Blanca this day agreeable to his appointment, in Consequence of which M. Carmichael accompanied me to the Pardo, where the Count resides at present, and there we were Informed that the Minister cou’d not receive us before Wednesday next, as he had had, within a few days, the account of the Death...
I had the pleasure of addressing you twice since my Arrival here, and though I had nothing worth the attentions of you or M. Adams to Communicate, I thought you wou’d wish to know how I am employ’d and to be able to say to him that I have made some progress in my Journey. Yesterday I was Introduced to the Count of Florida Blanca at the Pardo, he received and treated me like a man of Business...
I had the pleasure of receiving your letter of the 15th. with the Inclosures for America, which shall go [by] the packet Tomorrow. Be so kind to Inform Mr. Humphreys that his letter shall be taken proper Care of. I am very sorry to tell you that the Vessell with Your China on board is still here. I wou’d have sent it with the Tea, but the risk of breaking and Expence of land Carriage was too...
I had the pleasure of receiving your letter of the 11th. and agreeable to your directions have put on Board the packet under the Care of Col: Le Maire 2 Casks of very good Brandy two years old, each Cask Containing 42 gallons, which Exceeds your orders a few, but there was not time to deliberate. You have had for some time in a vessell Called the Fortune 3 Cases of China. She is still in this...
The inclos’d letter to you and Mr. Adams of this date contains every thing that occurs relative to my business here, and the Day after tomorrow I shall leave it and remain at Madrid untill I can decide on the necessity of going to Coruña. The objects there are the Effects belonging to the United States left by Mr. Guillon and the proceeds of some prizes carried in by Capt. Cunyingham. It is...
L’Orient,8 July 1787 . Encloses a sight draft in favor of TJ on Grand for 2,370 livres dated “the 31st. past” which balances his account current with the state of Virginia, also enclosed. Before this was opened, he was engaged by the Governor and Council of Virginia in other business; after its completion he was sent funds with instructions for their disbursement. “I was desired to accept of...
Having just received Advice of an Edict being publishd in France, forbiding the importation of foreign Sparmacitæ Oil I beg leave to apply to you for your Assistance respecting the American Ship Diana Capt. from Boston, with a Cargo of Sparmacitæ Oil purchasd there, and Ship’d for Have de Grace, to the Address of Mess. Homberg & Homberg freres of that City. This Cargo, was purchased, by Vertue...
[ N.p., n.d. 1788? Recorded in SJL Index. Not found.]
Rouen, 17 July 1788 . Director of customs at Rouen has ruled that “refin’d Spermacœti could not be refus’d” under second article of Arrêt, but that “he Conceived it impossible Candles could ever be included” and that, “as having never been particulariz’d in any previous arret they must be” subject to the 5% ad valorem duty levied on all foreign merchandise not enumerated. On examining candles,...
I am afraid by delaying so long a time to answer your letter I have deservedly forfeited the advantages which might be derived from such a correspondence, but still hope that as I wish to make amends for my fault your goodness will incline you to forgive it. By the reestablishment of my health in great measure, a removal to the continent has become unnecessary, at least before the time which...
It is difficult to write about an affair while the event of it is depending because prudence restrains a man from giving an anticipated opinion, but as matters at present appear the Construction will take place here. Perhaps the excess of paper Currency and the wish to find objects for reallizing it, is one of the motives for promoting the plan of the Bridge, but I can raise any sum of money...
I have received the Letter of the 25th of January you honoured me with. I imparted directly to our Merchants the obliging attention of your Excellency to their relieving the Crew of the Ship the Clementina. The Arrest which you sent me exempting the American fish-oil from the exclusion, had been already published here. The Minister of the Navy had addressed it some time before, for that...
Agreeable to your request , I here inclose you the premiums at present given on Vessells, sailing under American Colours, own’d by Subjects of the United States From America to England or Ireland 4 Guineas From ditto to Bilboa 5 Guineas From do. to Lisbon 6 Gs.
[8 July 1788. Recorded in SJL Index, but not found.]
I have not any thing of Consequence to trouble you with that is not contained in the inclosed Copy of what I wrote Mr. Adams the 27th. to which I beg leave to refer you. We have not yet heard from Mr. Lamb since he sailed, but I think a few days will bring Mr. Carmichael some Letters from him; His Business here was very public, and ours is no Secret. Don Gabriel spoke of it yesterday before...
La Rochelle, 1 Jan. 1789 . Ship Clementina, Captain Newland, John Ross, owner, registered at, and bound from Philadelphia to Bordeaux, was lost “on the 12th of the last month, near the coast of the Island of Olleron.” Captain and crew, mostly ill, landed here and were denied use of hospital “for want of bills of the office of the Navy, or of an agent or consul of their Nation.” But merchants...
After a journey of three weeks taking Dijon and Avignon in my way I have arrived at Nismes and have been here a fortnight. I was delighted with the Country I travelled through; finding every spot of Ground cultivated in the highest perfection, even the highest and most craggy hills, which Nature seemed to have intended to be useless, by the Industry of the Husbandman are harrowed and covered...
I receiv’d the letter which you did me the honor to write of the 20th. and have agreeably reship’d the candles. The Captain of the Vessel immediately upon his Arrival in Port enter’d his Cargo at the Custom House in which was included the Case. Altho’ I knew this circumstance Yet as it had it not been landed, I concluded no duties would be demanded indeed the officer coincided with me in...
I mentioned to you that I had some conversation with the Marquis de la fayette respecting the Bridge, and his opinion is that it would be best to make some direct proposition to which either yes or no should be given. My principal object is to get the Bridge erected because until then all conversation upon the subject amounts to but little. My chief expectation as to the money part was on Mr....
I arrived here Tuesday Evening. I have not as yet informed my self what price, I shall be able to realize for my Oil, but as far as I have enquired, find it will not save me harmless at any rate, except the duties charged on it be remitted. Should the Marquis de Fiat and your assistance, for that purpose prove successfull it will answer. If the terms of receiving the Cash, without being...
I arrived here Fryday Morning, in a most miserable condition, haveing taken great cold, my eyes so inflamed that I cannot see to write, and am Obliged to have [an] amanuensis, Capt. Folger to do it for me. I have here inclosed to your care a Letter for the Marquiss , which have sent you open, that you may peruse it. Having so done, please to have it sealed and sent him. I find the Ship in...
I had the pleasure of writing to you the 31st. of last Month by a gentleman going to Paris and of sending you a Copy of what I wrote Mr. Adams the 27th. I now, by the Spanish Courier, send you Copies of both those Letters. This day the Spanish dispatches arrived from Algiers by which Mr. Carmichael, who writes you by this Opportunity, received a Letter from Mr. Lamb , with another from Mr....
Explanatory Circumstances 1st. The lost dispatches are dated Octr. 6th. and Oct. 7th. They were sent by a private hand—that is, they were not sent by the post. Capn. Folger had the charge of them. They were all under one cover containing five separate Packets, three of the Packets were on commercial matters only. One of these was to Mr. R. Morris, Chairman of the commercial Committee, one to...
Inclosed you have an account of the Cost of some Spanish Books which were not to be procured at Madrid and which Mr. Carmichael orderd to be purchased here for you. I have paid 127 Dollars and 18 Ryals for them and placed them in the hands of Messieurs Lyonnis & Belleu to be shipd on a vessel bound to Rouen to the Care of Mr. Anthy. Garvey of that place who will send them Forward to you at...
I have inclosd a list of a Tool Chest which 2 ft. 5 Inches long Wide and deep in proportion—With two drawers besides the upper division. I can easily accomadate the Chest to the tools you will please approve of or enlarge the Size if more is wanted. I am Sr. Your obliged Humble servt. RC ( ViU : Margaret and Olivia Taylor deposit); addressed: “Mr. Jefferson No 14 Golden Square.” Enclosure not...
I had the pleasure of receiving your note addressed to me at Bordeaux and delivered your Inclosure agreeable to your directions. Tomorrow we shall set forward, and I expect in about Twelve days to get to Madrid from whence I shall write to you, as at present there is nothing better to offer than a Detail of Bad roads and Interruptions. I Received a letter yesterday from Mr. Carmichael who...
I did not expect to have had the honor of writing to you before I reached Geneva, and it is principally to implore your protection for a parcel of letters which I have finished for America that I have determined to take that liberty. It is a parcel for which I am very anxious to ensure a speedy passage and you will oblige me Sir infinitely by procuring it. If the British Packet should sail...
I am much obliged to you for the Book you are so kind to send me. The second part of your letter, concerning taking my picture , I must feel as an honor done to me, not as a favour asked of me, but in this as in other matters I am at the disposal of your friendship. The Committee have among themselves finally agreed on their report which I saw this morning. It will be read in the Academy on...