Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Jay, 1 December 1786

From John Jay

Office for foreign Affairs 1st. Decemr. 1786

Dr Sir

The Frigate called the South Carolina, belonging to that State, assisted Spain at the Reduction of Providence and the Bahama Islands. To obtain Compensation for which Congress, at the Instance of the State, have directed Application to be made to the Court of Madrid. The Prince of Luxemburgh is it seems interested in the Frigate, and in the expected Compensation. The Delegates of South Carolina think his Influence if exerted would conduce much to the Success of the Application. Your Endeavors to obtain his Aid and Support are requested, and I have the Honor of transmitting to you herewith the Papers relative to that Transaction under an unsealed Cover, directed to Mr. Carmichael, to whom be pleased to forward them, and from Time to Time to give him such Advice and Intelligence, as may facilitate the Execution of his Instructions on this Subject.

With great Esteem & Regard I have the Honor to be &c.,

John Jay

FC (DNA: RG 59, PCC, No. 121). Noted in SJL as received 24 Jan. 1787. Enclosures: Jay to Carmichael, 1 Dec. 1786, enclosing a duplicate copy of an act of Congress of 3 May 1784; copy of a letter on the subject of the South Carolina from John Kean to Jay, 4 Nov. 1786, enclosing the papers concerning the case; copies of Jay to Kean, 7 and 8 Nov. 1786; copy of Kean to Jay, 11 Nov. 1786 (Jay’s letter to Carmichael and all of the above enclosures are printed in full in Dipl. Corr., 1783–89 description begins The Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States of America, from the Signing of the Definitive Treaty of Peace … to the Adoption of the Constitution, Washington, Blair & Rives, 1837, 3 vol. description ends , iii, 323–47).

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