From Jean Baptiste Pecquet
Lisbon, 9 Dec. 1785. He was introduced to TJ by Benjamin Franklin and is grateful to them both for the recompense he received from the U.S. for his services to American citizens during the war. He would be even more indebted if they would recommend him to Congress for the post of United States agent in Lisbon, which post he would discharge with “Le Zèle le plus ardent, la fidelité la plus inviolable et la réunion de tous mes efforts.”
RC (MHi); 2 p.; in French; in an unidentified hand, signed by Pecquet “Ci devant agent & interpréte de la Nation française”; endorsed. Tr (DLC); differs slightly from RC, but only in phraseology. Recorded in SJL as received 1 Jan. 1786. Pecquet’s letter to Benjamin Franklin of the same date on the same subject (Tr in DLC) was probably enclosed for forwarding (see Lefévre, Roussac & Cie. to TJ, 1 July 1786, which enclosed duplicates of both letters).