Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Robert R. Livingston, 6 October 1787

To Robert R. Livingston

Paris Oct. 6. 1787.

Dear Sir

The bearer hereof is a Mr. Dupont son to a gentleman of my acquaintance here of great worth and knowlege, and holding a very distinguished office in the department of Commerce. He was the friend of the late M. Turgot and wrote his life, which perhaps you may have seen. He sends his son to America to finish his education under the patronage of the Count de Moustier, believing that he may im[bibe there republican]1 principles and habits and be [less exposed to seduction. I beg]2 leave to recommend this you[ng gentleman to your car]e and good offices, and in case he [should go to] other parts of America, will pray your letter[s of] introduction for him to your friends, which will be considered as a particular favor done to him who has the honour to be with sentiments of the most perfect esteem and respect Dear Sir your most obedient and most humble servant,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); MS mutilated, the center part of leaf being torn away. Enclosed in TJ to Victor Dupont, this date.

1Two or three words missing, but parts of the ascenders remain and confirm the conjectural reading.

2Four or five words missing; this conjectural reading is supported by the similar expression that TJ used respecting Mme. de Bréhan’s son (see TJ to Abigail Adams, 30 Aug. 1787).

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