Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William Short, 24 April 1792

To William Short

Philadelphia Apr. 24. 1792.

Dear Sir

[I had sealed my letter before I discovered that I had omitted to desire of you, while at Madrid, to procure if possible some account of the dollars of that country from the earliest to the last, stating their dates, places where coined, weight and fineness. Such a statement, if it can be here in time before the next meeting of Congress (Nov. 1.) to enable them, before we begin our coinage, to place our unit on a proper footing, will be of great and permanent importance.]1 I beg leave therefore to recommend this commission to your earliest attention. Mr. Rittenhouse is appointed Director of the mint. I am with sincere esteem Dear Sir your affectionate friend & servt.,

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Short Papers); endorsed by Short as received at Bordeaux on 14 Jan. 1793. PrC (DLC). PrC of Extract (DLC); consisting of that part of the text, with some variation in phraseology, indicated in note 1 below (see also notes to TJ to Short, 18 Mch. and 24 Apr. 1792 above).

1Portion in brackets extracted by TJ and placed with others in extract described above.

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