Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Russell, 13 June 1790

To Thomas Russell

New York June 13. 1790.

Dear Sir

The inclosed letter with which you were so kind as to entrust me, has been always carefully preserved to be restored to you on my return to America. I have now the pleasure of putting it again into your hands with as many thanks for this mark of your confidence as if I had had occasion to make use of it. I am happy in every occasion of recalling myself to your recollection and of expressing to you my sense of your civilities, and assurances of the esteem & respect with which I have the honor to be Dear Sir Your most obedient & most humble servt,

Th: Jefferson

RC (Phi); addressed: “Mr. Thomas Russell mercht. Boston” franked, postmarked, and endorsed. PrC (DLC). The enclosure has not been found: it may have been a letter of credit that Russell gave to TJ in June 1784 to be used in case of need—as, for example, Alexander Donald had given him a bill of exchange for £50 to provide against contingencies on the road (see record entry for TJ to Robert Morris, 3 July 1784; TJ to Donald, 11 Apr. 1790).

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