From David S. Franks
I wished Your Excellency to have accepted of the Moorish Coins as a very small mark of the Attachment which I have allways had for you and when I presented them it was with that Intention. Besides I owe you two hundred Livres which you kindly lent me at a time when I very much wanted it and for which tho’ I can repay you I shall not think myself quit of the obligation. I shall have the pleasure of seeing you when we will Settle and at the same time I may have an opportunity of assuring you how much I am my dear Sir Your Excellency’s most obt. & obliged Sert.,
Davd. S. Franks
I have retaind the money having opend the packet sent. Mr. Chateaumont lives at the Hotel de Valois Rue Vantadour.
RC (DLC); endorsed; without date and not recorded in SJL, but, judging from the postscript, probably written shortly after the preceding letter. See James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, 1:648.