Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Ebenezer Gearey, Jr., 9 May 1786

From Ebenezer Gearey, Jr.

Brest Prison 9th June 1786


Suffer Me to Inform you that Mr. Chipindall, one of the English Creaditors to me which I Mentioned in my Letter of the 24th May, Returned to Brest from Paris and came to The Prison to See me and Made a Proposition of my Returning with him to England, Which I Refused, But Proposed if I Could have my Liberty Amediately at that time I would very [che]erfully Return to dunkirk and thier I would Treat with My Creaditors and would give them Such Property as I was Possessd of In America at its Value for thier whole demand or give him Bonds on Such People as I had Shiped Goods for, to the Amount of their demand, or if they would give me any Reasonable time I Was very Willing to Go Back to London and I hertaly wished I Could Return. Mr. Chipindall Agreed that he would Petission the Comidant for me to have My Liberty and Return with him as the Comidant had orders to Liberate me if I Could Agree with Mr. Chipindall. But Sir I understand that By their Reporting so Many things about me when he first Came to Brest, And thier Being Since Proved a falshood, that he did not find himself so well Received, and was in Some fears that he Should [be] Suspected a Spy or Some other desining Tool, and fear I Believe drove him away, I Understand to London. I am Confined for Changing My Name. I am not Assessed for Bills or any kind of debts But am detained I dont no for what. I am very distrest in this Situation. My Business Must Suffer very much. I Pray you will Be so Good as to lay this Matter before the Minister and Procure Me My Liberty. I am in a Very Indifirant State of helth and Most hertaly Beg you will help me to My Liberty soon as Possible. I am Sir Your most Obdt. Humbl. Serv.,

E. Gearey Junr.

P.S. Beg you will Excuse my Very Bad Writing I had not Two Moments to Write.


NB Sir if you are at any Expence in My Business you will Be so obligeing as to draw on Me at New York where your Bill will Be duly honoured. I am

E. Gearey Jun

RC (DLC); at head of text: “Mr Jefferies Ambassador at Paris.” Noted in SJL as received 14 June 1786.

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