Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Smith, 22 October 1779

From Thomas Smith

Williamsburg, 22 Oct. 1779. The scheme for a commercial negotiation in Europe has been abandoned after all necessary preparations were made. This decision causes almost ruinous personal consequences to the writer. Begs that an allowance be made as a restitution for disappointment and time. Signed: Thomas Smith. Minute in TJ’s hand at foot of text: “In Council Oct. 25. 1779. Referred to the Board of trade to say what will be a proper Compensation. Th: Jefferson.”

RC (CSmH). See Board of Trade to TJ, 8 and 29 Oct. 1779.

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