Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Vaughan, 4 November 1790

From Benjamin Vaughan

London, Nov. 4 90.

My dear sirs

A convention was agreed upon the 24th. ulto. at Madrid, to be signed and exchanged as the 27th: ulto. by which I trust our differences are ended.

France, I think, goes on solidly.

Austria and Prussia have renewed their accommodation.—Prince Potemkin is making a winter campaign against the Turks, and no thoughts of peace in that quarter.

We are said to be at open war with Tippoo Saib.

By the first ship I shall send a copy of Chalmers’s treaties for the use of Mr. Jefferson, and I shall desire Mr. Johnson to send the like for Congress.—It is very superior to others.

Mrs. V. is this moment brought to bed of a girl: Mrs. Darby of a boy 18 hours ago. You will wonder that I end with assurances that I am, my dear sirs, Your respectful & affectionate humble sert,

Benjn. Vaughan

RC (DLC); evidently addressed to Vaughan’s brother and TJ; endorsed as received 17 Jan. 1791 but not recorded in SJL.

George Chalmers’ Treaties (London, 1790) was apparently not intended as a gift but as a work to be made available to TJ. A copy was given to him in 1794 by George Joy of London (TJ to Madison, 28 Dec. 1794; Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 1432).

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