Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Elias Porter, 4 July 1791

From Elias Porter

Baltimore, 4 July 1791. As a stranger, he apologizes for delay in sending a letter from London by brig Minerva, being mislaid “or it certainly would bin sent … before.”—He saw Humphreys in Lisbon in Dec. on his way to Madrid. He received a small packet of letters from him to TJ, which he gave to Capt. Steavens at Cadiz, “bound to Philadelphia, being bound My self to London in the Schooner Federalist which I have sense had the Misfortune to lose on the Coast of England.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); endorsed by TJ as received 6 July 1791 and so recorded in SJL. The letter sent by Minerva has not been identified. Those sent from Cadiz were Humphreys’ dispatches of 14 and 28 Oct. and 19 and 30 Nov. 1790, all received on 11 Feb. 1791.

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