II. Memoranda Concerning Distribution, Cost, and Makers of Medals
[ca. Feb. 1789]
|1.||Austrian Nethlds.||1.||1.||K. of Sardinia|
|1||Arbp of Mentz.||1.||Milan|
|1||Abp of Treves||1||1.||Genoa|
|1||Abp of Cologne||1||1.||Venice|
|1||Elector of Bohemia.||1||1.||Tuscany.|
|1||E. of Bavaria.||1||Luna|
|1||E. of Saxony||1||St. Marino.|
|1||E. of Brandenbg.||1||Parma.|
|1||E. Palatine D. of Bava.||1.||Modena|
|1||D. of Saxe-Gotha.||1||1||Neples.|
|1||D. of Wirtemberg.||1||Malta.|
|1||D. of Mecklenburg Schwerin||1||Marocco|
|Gold.||Genl. Washington.||device ready|
|* Wayne||no instructions|
|Silver.||* Lt. Col. Stewart.||no instructions|
|Lt. Col. Washington.||device ready|
|Lt. Col. Howard.||device ready|
DuVivier. Vieux Louvre. [He offered for 2400. gold and coining not included]
DuPré. Graveur en medailles, de l’academie de peinture et sculpture, place Dauphine [He made Gen. Greene’s] The dies 2400. gold 444. silver 25.-13. cop. 6 He asked 2400. for the dies of Morgan’s, Colo. Wash’s and Howard’s each.
Gatteaux. St. Thomas du Louvre. v.v. la tresorerie du D. d’Orleans [Gates’s.] 2500. for the 2 dies. 400 for the med. of gold and 6. each for those of copper. He asked 2000. for Colo. Wash’s and the same for Howard’s. i.e. for the dies. He lives Cour du commerce, prés la rue St. André des arts.
|7 pair of dies @ 2500||17,500|
|<3>4. gold medals @ 400.||1,600|
|3. silver do @ 20.||60|
|66.X9 = 594 Silver @ 20.||11 880|
|237X9 = 2133 Copper @ 6.||12 798|
MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 233: 41772, 41772v, 41771, 41773); entirely in TJ’s hand; endorsed by him: “Medals” undated, but probably drawn up early in 1789 when TJ had his interview with Dupré (see TJ to Dupré, 3 Jan. 1789). The pages of these notes have evidently become disarranged and the precise order cannot be determined; the text as here given parallels the sequence of folio numbers above.
TJ originally calculated a larger number of copper medals for distribution in Europe. As originally drafted, Switzerland was to receive 26 copper and 13 silver examples of each of the medals; sixteen states were to receive two copper and one silver example of each; and twenty-two archbishops, electors, and other rulers were to receive one copper and one silver example of each. TJ then reduced the number to the above list, possibly in order to eliminate those destined for academies as recommended by him but not authorized by Congress (TJ to Jay, 4 May 1787; Jay to TJ, 8 Sep. 1787). TJ’s estimates of the total cost show that at this time he was contemplating the distribution of sets of nine medals—the seven here listed as requiring dies to be made, plus those for Greene and Gates that had already been executed. His later preparation of descriptions of the medals for printing show that to these he intended to add the De Fleury, Libertas Americana, and Franklin medals, the last two of which had not been authorized by Congress.