Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Pierre Samuel Dupont, 15 February [1788]

To Pierre Samuel Dupont

15 Feb. [1788]

I am much obliged to you, Sir, for the communication of the draught of the Arret. I am sure there never would have come a single cod-fish to the entrepots: therefore I am curious to know what were the real motives which produced this opposition.

I shall so represent the matter in my letters as that nothing shall be thought of it. I have the honour to be with great thankfulness for your favors, and with sincere esteem & respect Dr. Sir your most obedt. humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

RC (Pierre S. duPont, Wilmington, Del., 1950); without name of addressee and year which have been assigned from internal evidence. Enclosure (missing): Doubtless a MS Dft of the arrêt of 22 Feb. 1788, excepting fish oils and other products derived from fish from the benefits allowed to the United States in the arrêt of 29 Dec. 1787 (printed copies are in DNA: PCC, No. 87, ii, accompanied by a translation into English by John Pintard; another printed copy in DLC; see TJ to Jay, 23 May 1788, enclosure).

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