Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Edward Bancroft, 21 February 1786

To Edward Bancroft

Paris Feb. 21. 1786.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Nov. 18. 1785. came to my hands on the 27th. of the same month. I never had a trusty opportunity of writing to America from that time till by the French packet which sailed this month. In a letter of the 9th. instant therefore to my friend Mr. Madison I inclosed yours, recommending to him Mr. Paradise’s demand and solliciting him to do in it whatever might be done consistently with the justice due to others. I meant to give you notice of this step, as soon as I had taken it, but for this fortnight past I have been much engaged. In the mean time your favor of the 13th. instant is come to hand, and I seize the first moment in my power to acknowlege it’s receipt and to inform you what I had done. I know that there was the last year a surplus of the taxes in Virginia beyond what had been calculated on; that this was applied to the paiment of the capital of the public debt, and that a preference was given to foreign creditors altogether: so that it is possible Mr. Paradise’s claim may have been paid. If not, the same event may happen again, and I must confess that this is the only prospect I see for obtaining a preference for him before the mass of public creditors. I sincerely wish it may happen, as well on account of his own merit which is known to me, as on account of the interest you take in his welfare. I am with very sincere esteem Dear Sir your most obedient humble servant,

Th: Jefferson

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