Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 24 April 1790

To Lafayette

New York April 24. 1790.

Permit me, my dear friend, to present to you the bearer hereof, Mr. Horrÿ, a young gentleman of South Carolina, who is setting out on a tour of travel, which will include Paris. He is a nephew of General Pinckney’s. Of course you know his connections to be of the most distinguished of that country. I am not personally acquainted with him, but am authorised on good information to assure you he will do justice to any attentions with which you will be so good as to honour him. I know that your time is too much and too usefully occupied, to permit you to devote it to the ordinary ceremonies of civility: but the favor of your name may on some occasions abridge the difficulties to which a stranger is sometimes exposed, and your notice point him out as worthy that of others who have more time to spare. Honour him then with it, and add it to the many motives of esteem and respect with which I have the honour to be my dear Sir Your affectionate friend & humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC). This and the following letters to La Rochefoucauld, Short, and Madame de Tessé were enclosed in the memorandum that TJ wrote on the same day to Ralph Izard, senator from South Carolina: “Th: Jefferson has the honor to present his compliments to Mr. Izard, and to inclose him letters of introduction for Mr. Horrÿ, which will also be the means of procuring him others for such countries as he may chuse to bend his course to from thence” (PrC in DLC).

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