To Sylvanus Bourne
Dec. 30. 91.
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to Mr. Bourne, and acknoleges the receipt of his letter of yesterday. He was far from receiving in a disadvantageous light Mr. Bourne’s note on the subject of the peices in Fenno’s paper. On the contrary he has felt himself indebted to him for having drawn his attention to publications which he finds filled with good sense and loyalty to his country. He wishes him sincerely success in whatever may be his undertakings, and shall always be happy to befriend them if in his power.
RC (DLC: Rare Books); addressed to: “Mr. Bourne late Consul for the U.S. in St. Domingo.” Apparently TJ forwarded Bourne’s letter of resignation and commission to George Washington. Tobias Lear returned them this day (Lear to TJ, 30 Dec. 1791; RC in DLC; endorsed by TJ as received 30 Dec. 1791; FC in DNA: RG 59, MLR; Tr in same, SDC).