Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Short, 24 June 1791

To William Short

Philadelphia June 24. 1791.

Dear Sir

Mr. Custis, a citizen of Virginia, proposing to make application to the government of France for redress of a wrong which he thinks he has sustained from them, I am to ask your patronage of his claims so far as they shall be just and so far also as a denial or delay of justice in the ordinary modes of application may render an extraordinary interference necessary.—I am with great & sincere esteem, Dear Sir Your friend & servant,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “William Short esq. Chargé des affaires of the U. S. at Paris.” FC (DNA: RG 59, DCI).

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