Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Harrison, 8 December 1779

To Benjamin Harrison

In Council Dec. 8, 1779

I take the liberty of laying before the General assembly the enclosed letter and memorial from the Consul of his most Christian majesty in this state. That gentleman’s letters of appointment came to hand soon after the date of my letter to you on the same subject.

MS not located. Extract printed from Anderson Auction Co. sale catalogue, 10 Jan. 1908 (Henry Goldsmith Sale), lot 134, a one-page A. L. S. The letter was resold at the American Art Association, 21–22 Jan. 1926 (Turner-Munn Sale), lot 430.

The letter and memorial: Chevalier D’Anmours to TJ, and enclosure, 7 Nov. 1779, q.v. The docketing for this letter is found on a blank page attached to the enclosed memorial: “Governor’s Letter 8th. Decr. 1779. enclosing Le Chevalier De Anmours Memorial &c. Referred to Commee. of whole on Commerce Bill.” The bill for the protection and encouragement of commerce had been read twice in the House of Delegates and referred to a committee of the whole when TJ’s letter was presented by the Speaker, 9 Dec. (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , Oct. 1779, 1827 edn., p. 82). my letter … same subject: TJ to Benjamin Harrison, 23 Nov. 1779.

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