L’Orient, 23 Dec. 1785. Sends his good wishes for the coming year; he will make every effort to be worthy of TJ’s consideration. Acknowledges TJ’s letter of 2 Oct. 1785, of which he informed Thevenard. The latter replied on the subject of Washington’s portrait but has heard nothing since from TJ: “Je lui avois traduis votre Lettre mot à mot pour Lui faciliter La corespondance.” Desires to hear soon.
RC (DLC); 2 p.; in French. Recorded in SJL as received 2 Jan. 1786. Thévenard’s reply to TJ’s letter has not been found and is not recorded in SJL.