Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Vanet, 13 September 1788

To Vanet

á Paris ce 13me. Septembre 1788.

Monsieur Jefferson prie Monsieur Vannet de vouloir bien se charger de la lettre ci-incluse, et, quand il sera arrivé á Richmond, de la faire passer à Monsieur Bannister a Petersbourg. Il y a la dedans une procuration qui est trés interessante à la personne qui l’adresse à Monsieur Bannister. Il a l’honneur de souhaiter la bonne voiage á Monsieur Vannet.

PrC (DLC). Not recorded in SJL Index. Enclosure: TJ to Banister, 13 Sep. 1788, together with its enclosures.

Vanet had been engaged by TJ to deliver to the Commissioners of the Treasury the box and trunk of papers of Thomas Barclay as Commissioner of Public Accounts. According to an entry in SJL Index, TJ wrote Vanet on 1 Sep. 1788, but the letter has not been found. If, as seems likely, this letter pertained to the delivery of the papers, it is curious that, in a matter in which TJ went to some lengths to insure that the papers remained intact (see TJ to Commissioners, 6 Sep. 1788), no text has survived. Vanet evidently replied to TJ’s letter on 10 Sep. 1788, according to another entry in SJL Index, but this letter also is missing.

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