Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Lister Asquith, 15 May 1786

From Lister Asquith



St. Pol de Léon, 15 May 1786. Not having heard from TJ or Short writes again concerning the unhappy situation of himself and his companions; suspects that the farmers-general are afraid to set them at liberty because they know the case will be presented to Congress, who will not tolerate such treatment; gives an account of an English vessel that was captured and condemned for smuggling salt fish, in which case the owner, who spoke French, recovered the cargo; states that it is obviously unfair that English who are guilty are treated better than Americans who are innocent; is tempted to try to escape; asks for information on the state of their affairs by return of post.

RC (DLC); 6 p.; endorsed. Noted in SJL as received 23 May 1786.

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