Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, 30 August 1789

To John Jay

Paris Aug. 30. 1789.


My letters being to go by the way of London, and the person not departing till tomorrow morning, I am enabled to inclose with the other papers Mr. Necker’s memoir proposing a loan of 80. millions, and to inform you that 10. or 12. millions are already subscribed, and that it is believed that the whole will be filled in good time.— I take the liberty also to inclose to you the application of a Mr. Brossier for the consulship of Havre. Who or what he is, I know not, except that I have heard he has made an unsuccesful attempt to be a merchant.—While on this subject I must observe that since my letter informing you of the several persons who might be thought of for those appointments, there is a Mr. Nathaniel Cutting of Massachusets settled at Havre, and that the Mr. Vernes whom I mentioned as at Lorient has left that port. Mr. Appleton also is no longer at Rouen. I am not certain whether he means to return there. I have the honor to be with the greatest esteem & respect Sir your most obedt. & most humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

RC (DNA: PCC, No. 87, ii); addressed: “The honorable John Jay esquire Secretary for foreign affairs to the U.S. of America at New York”; with seal attached. PrC (DLC). Enclosures: (1) Necker’s memoir, read before the National Assembly on 27 Aug. 1789, is printed in Archives Parlementaires, viii, 493–7. (2) Brossier to Congress, enclosed in his to TJ of 25 Aug. 1789.

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