Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Jay, 12 October 1786

From John Jay

Office for for. Affairs 12 Octr. 1786

Dr. Sir

Since my last to you of the 18 Augt.———I have received and laid before Congress the Letters you did me the Honor to write on the 18. July last.

I have some Dispatches of Importance ready for you, but I prefer sending them by a Conveyance that will offer about ten Days hence.

I enclose a certified copy of an Act of Congress for recalling Mr. Lamb, another Copy has been sent to Mr. Adams.

As the Dispatches above alluded to are particular, I shall at present only add an Assurance which I always make with Pleasure, Vizt. that I am with very sincere Esteem and Regard Dr Sr Your most ob. & hble servt.

Dft (NK-Iselin). FC (DNA: PCC, No. 121). Noted in SJL as received 6 Dec. 1786. Enclosure: Resolution of Congress of 26 Sep. 1786: “That the commission and instructions issued to Mr. John Lamb, for the purpose of negotiating with the Barbary powers, be and they are hereby vacated and annulled; and that the Secretary for foreign Affairs take the necessary measures for directing Mr. Lamb immediately to repair to New York” (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789, ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904-1937 description ends , xxxi, 692).

The letters … on the 18th: An error for TJ’s letter of 8 July, at which time he wrote only one letter with numerous enclosures, transmitted by Jay to Congress on 26 Sep. (DNA: PCC, No. 87). Some dispatches: Jay to TJ, 3 Oct. 1786, sent with Jay to TJ, 27 Oct. 1786.

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