Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 30 May 1786

To John Adams

Paris May 30. 1786.

Dear Sir

In my letter of the 11th. instant I had the honour of inclosing you copies of letters relative to the Barbary affairs. Others came to hand three days ago, of some of which I now send you copies, and of the others the originals. By these you will perceive that Mr. Randall and Mr. Lamb were at Madrid, that the latter means to return to Alicant and send on a courier to us. Mr. Randall does not repeat that he shall come himself. When either he or the courier arrives we shall have information to decide on. But these papers have strengthened my idea of desiring them to repair to Congress. I am anxious to know your sentiments on this. These papers came in time for me to send copies to Mr. Jay by the packet which will sail from l’Orient the day after tomorrow.

The inclosed paper from the Academy of chirurgery was put into my hands to be forwarded to you.

I have the honor to be with sentiments of the most perfect esteem & respect Dear Sir Your most obedient & most humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

P.S. I shall be much obliged to Colo. Smith for a copy of the treaty with Portugal as soon as it is signed. I am of opinion we had better send Luzac a copy as soon as it is signed. What think you?

RC (MHi: AMT); endorsed, in part: “Ansd June 6. 1786.” PrC (DLC). Enclosures: Copies or originals of letters from Randall of 14 and 18 May and from Carmichael of 16 and 18 May 1786, and their enclosures. The “inclosed paper from the Academy of chirurgery” has not been identified.

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