From Thomas Jefferson1
[Philadelphia, December 29, 1790]
Th: Jefferson presents his respectful compliments to the Secretary of the treasury, and his condolences on the accident of the other evening, which he hopes has produced no serious loss.
He incloses to the Secretary of the Treasury a report of a committee of the National assembly of France, on the subject of Billon,2 containing more particular information as to that species of coin than he had before met with. If the metal be so mixt as to make it of 1/5 of the intrinsic value of the standard silver coin of the U.S. the Cent of billon will be a little smaller than the present 16ths. of dollars, & consequently be more convenient than a Copper cent. This he submits to the better judgment of the Secretary of the Treasury, & hopes he will consider the liberty taken as an advance towards ⟨our⟩3 unreserved communications for reciprocal benefit.
AL, letterpress copy, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress.
1. The information in this letter was presumably sent to H to assist him in preparing his Report on the Mint.
2. Presumably “Rapport Fait à L’Assemblée Nationale, au nom du Comité des Finances, par M. Naurissart, Imprimé par ordre de l’Assemblée. Monnoie de Billon,” Procès-Verbal de L’Assemblée Nationale, Imprimé par son Ordre. Quatrième Livraison. Tome Onzième (à Paris, Chez Baudouin, Imprimeur de l’Assemblée Nationale, rue de Foin-Saint-Jacques, No. 31, 1790).
3. MS torn.