Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Cavelier Fils, 2 June 1792

From Cavelier Fils

Dieppe, 2 June 1792. He encloses a copy of a letter from Barclay of 15 Sep. 1785 giving him powers to act as vice-consul of the United States at Dieppe. These functions he has fulfilled with zeal, reporting the arrivals and departures of tobacco ships and assisting captains as they required. Having learned that the United States has named vice-consuls in two French ports, and as the freedom of the tobacco trade could bring a few ships to Dieppe, where there are two tobacco factories, he wishes to know if he can continue to exercise the functions conferred by Barclay or if he needs other powers. If the latter, he asks that they be sent immediately and extended from Fécamp up to Le Tréport.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); 3 p.; in French; at foot of first page: “M. Jefferson Ministre des Etats unis pour Les affaires Etrangeres”; endorsed by TJ as received 18 Oct. 1792 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Thomas Barclay to Cavelier fils, 15 Sep. 1785, appointing him American agent at Dieppe and specifying his duties (Tr in same).

TJ made no response to this letter, which was the last one exchanged between the two men, who had corresponded episodically during TJ’s ministry to France.

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