Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Henry Middleton, 11 September 1792

To Henry Middleton

Monticello Sep. 11. 1792.

Dear Sir

I received, during a visit to this place, the letter of June 1. with which you honored me, and now inclose you letters to our diplomatic gentlemen abroad, and also to Mr. Littlepage, whom you may possibly meet with tho’ you should not go to Warsaw. These gentlemen will certainly procure you the letters which may be of use in the particular countries to which you may determine to go. I put the present, as you desire, under cover to Mr. Edwd. Rutledge, and have only to add my wishes that you may have a safe and agreeable tour, with perfect health, and also assurances of the esteem & attachment of Dear Sir Your most obedient & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. H. Middleton.”

The enclosures—letters of introduction addressed to William Short, Gouverneur Morris, William Carmichael, and Lewis Littlepage, dated 11 Sep. 1792 and sent with the present letter to Edward Rutledge on this date for Middleton’s use—were written as follows: “The bearer hereof, Mr. Henry Middleton of S. Carolina intending to visit several of the countries of Europe and perhaps that wherein you reside, I take the liberty of recommending him to your civilities and attentions, and particularly to ask of you such letters and introduction to the countries he may determine to visit, as may answer his views. Mr. Middleton’s name and family in America being perfectly known to you, I have only to add assurances of his personal merit, and to ask your acceptance of those of the sentiments of esteem and attachment with which I have the honor to be Dear Sir your friend & servt” (PrC in DLC; signed; at foot of text: “Mr. Short, Mr. Morris, Mr. Carmichael, Mr. Littlepage”).

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