Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Jean Baptiste Ternant, 29 February 1792

To Jean Baptiste Ternant

Philadelphia Feb. 29. 1792.


The bearer hereof, Mr. Dormoy, a citizen of the U.S. having an annuity on the hotel de Ville of Paris, which cannot be received but on a certificate of his life, complains that Mr. Oster the Consul of France for Virginia, has refused from personal motives, to give him such certificate. As he has come here from Williamsburg, to get this defect supplied, under recommendations to me from the Governor of Virginia; I take the liberty of troubling you with his case, in hopes that you will be so good as to give him the necessary certificate, or put him in the way of obtaining it.—I have the honor to be with the highest esteem & respect, Sir Your most obedt. & most humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Colo. Ternant M. P. of France.” FC (DNA: RG 360, DL).

Governor Henry Lee had recommended the otherwise obscure Dormoy to TJ as “a very worthy man” and “a deserving and distressed individual” (Lee to TJ, 22 Dec. 1791, RC in DNA: RG 59, MLR; endorsed by TJ as received 29 Feb. 1792 and so recorded in SJL).

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