Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Robeson, 21 December 1785

To William Robeson

Paris Dec. 21. 1785.


Your letter was delivered to me in the moment when I was going out under an appointment the day before yesterday, and I did not return home till late at night, and yesterday morning early I was obliged to go to Versailles. This has occasioned the delay of my answer. The multiplicity of expences with which I am unavoidably surrounded, and the multiplicity of applications under circumstances similar to yours oblige me to make my own ability, and not your wants, the measure of the aid with which I can furnish you. I therefore send you by the bearer five guineas. As you may be unacquainted with the conveiances from hence to l’Orient, I would observe to you that a Fourgon sets out for Rennes to-day at noon, the price of a place in which is 6. sous the league. A Carrosse sets out for the same place on Sunday at 5. o’clock in the morning, the price 10. sous the league. Both go from a Bureau in the rue Notre-dame des Victoires. I am Sir Your most obedient humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (ViWC).

On this date TJ entered in his Account Book: “lent Wm. Robeson 120f” and Robeson evidently returned by TJ’s servant the following receipt (ViWC): “Received this 21 day of Decem 1785 from His Excellency Mr. Jefferson the sum of five Louis by the Hand of his domestick which I promise to Return again. Wm. Robeson.” There was apparently no further acknowledgment in writing of TJ’s loan.

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