Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Jacques Finck, [1787?]

From Jacques Finck

[Paris, 1787?] “Jacques Finck, ci-devant Maitre d’hôtel de Monsieur Franklin, alors Ambassadeur en France, implore, avec respect et confiance,” TJ’s “puissante intercession” for the recovery of the sum of 3,035livre tournois claimed to be due to him by Franklin, “si justement révéré chez toutes les Nations,” whom he had served for three years; Finck set forth the details of his dispute over the arrangement that produced this debt, and of the effort he had made to bring the matter to Franklin’s attention; he enclosed a copy of the agreement that William Temple Franklin, who managed the household, caused him to sign.

RC (DLC); clerk’s copy, undated but perhaps written in 1786 or 1787; endorsed by TJ: “Finck.” Enclosure (DLC): “Copie de l’arrangement que M. Franklin petit fils a fait souscrire par Finck, pour la dépense de bouche de M. Franklin, Ambassadeur.

There is no evidence that TJ interceded in Finck’s attempt to recover these housekeeping expenses.

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