Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from American Captains and Masters of Vessels at L’Orient, 14 November 1787

From American Captains and Masters of Vessels at L’Orient

L’Orient, 14 Nov. 1787. Request that TJ use his influence and authority to obtain the appointment of David Divoux as interpreter and broker for foreign vessels in that port; Divoux possesses “sufficiently the necessary Languages and Capacitys” and has a good character; the present, sole interpreter and broker is “too much occupied to be able to full fill the Duty of his Place as it ought to be.”

RC (DLC); 2 p.; signed by eleven masters of ships from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Not recorded in SJL but enclosed in J. David Divoux to TJ, 23 Nov., which TJ recorded as received 27 Nov. 1787.

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