Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Grand & Cie., 21 October 1789

To Grand & Cie.

Cowes Octob. 21. 1789


The person who has furnished me with money at this place preferring to take a bill on Amsterdam rather than on Paris, I have only to reimburse you for that furnished me by Messieurs Begouen Demeaux & co. at Havre three thousand livres and my order in favor of the Sieur Petit for two thousand six hundred and thirteen livres two sous, in all five thousand six hundred and thirteen livres two sous. I therefore send you a letter of credit on Messieurs Willinks Van Staphorsts & Hubbard of Amsterdam for two thousand eight hundred florins banco, the difference, whatever it be to remain in account between us. I have the honor to be Gentlemen Your most obedt. & most humble servt,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC).

The enclosed bill for ƒ2,800 was never presented and therefore was presumably lost. It became ultimately the basis for recurring political charges against TJ, who, on the advice of the auditor of the United States, on 11 Mch. 1809 “lodged in bank a warrant for 1148 D. balance due me on my Paris account while M.P. there” (DLC). See Randall, Life description begins Henry S. Randall, The Life of Thomas Jefferson, N.Y., 1858, 3 vols. description ends , iii, 658–60.

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