Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Jean Baptiste Petry, 21 August 1788

To Jean Baptiste Petry

Paris Aug. 21. 1788.


The count de Cambrai, who resides in the country, having desired his Agent in Paris to put the inclosed papers into my hand with a request that I would forward them to you by any occasion which should occur, I have now the honor to put them under your cover. You will perceive that they are powers of Attorney relative to a claim he has against the state of S. Carolina, to which you have been so good heretofore as to pay attention for him. I obey his commands with the more pleasure, as they give me an occasion of assuring you of the sentiments of esteem & respect with which I have the honor to be Sir your most obedient & most humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC).

The Count de Cambray’s agent, Aleaume, had not specifically directed TJ to send the letters of procuration to Petry, but TJ had so interpreted his request in the light of earlier advice from Cambray (see Aleaume to TJ, 16 Aug., and TJ to Cambray, 7 Oct. 1788).

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