Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Vanet, 27 September 1788

From Vanet

Le Havre, 27 Sep. 1788. Has received the letters TJ sent him on 20 and 24 Sep. The ship on which he intended to embark is still here, but in a condition that destroys the confidence of the passengers and the merchants: she is “absolument pourri”; the captain, fearing condemnation, refuses to make repairs, but proposes to effect them in England. Vanet has decided not to take passage, on the advice of the merchants at Le Havre, especially Limozin who has promised him that another ship will arrive in the next fortnight or three weeks; will take care of any further commissions TJ may have for him in that period.

RC (DLC); 2 p.; in French; endorsed.

There are no entries in SJL Index for letters to Vanet of 20 and 24 Sep. 1788, and no such letters have been found. The first was probably a covering letter for Dumas’ dispatch to Jay of 16 Sep. 1788, and the second for that from TJ to Jay of 24 Sep. 1788.

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