To Ambrose Vasse
Decr 14 1792
I have duly received your letter without date.1
I regret very much the disappointment you mention & you may be assured if any thing was in my power, which could afford relief in the case it would not be omitted.
But it is to be presumed that the refusal to pay the Bills in question is the effect of circumstances too imperious to be controuled; and not to be remedied by any interference which could at present take place.
I have nevertheless inclosed a Copy of your letter to the Secy of State,2 to which Department the object of your application more immediately relates, but I do not perceive that any thing will be in his power.3
I am &c
Mr Ambrosse Vasse
Copy, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress.
3. On December 15, 1792, Jefferson wrote to Vasse: “The Secretary of the Treasury has handed on to me a letter to me complaining of the nonacceptance of some bills drawn by the government of St Domingo to pay for property of yours. Though I am apprehensive it will not be in my power to procure you a prompt relief, yet the sooner it is taken up, the sooner it will be obtained. If you will do me the honor to call on me any morning convenient to yourself, I shall be ready to confer with you on the subject, in order to consider what best can be done in the case” (copy, Papers of the Continental Congress, National Archives).