Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Maury, 19 September 1792

From James Maury

Liverpool, 19 Sep. 1792. Acknowledging TJ’s letter of 31 May 1792, he encloses the bond required by the Consular Act which he desires his brother Fontaine Maury and other friends to endorse for him. He has begun a correspondence with the American minister to London, but has not settled his account with him and will lay any disallowed expenses before TJ. He encloses the price current for this port, which remains closed to foreign wheat. The rise in wheat prices resulting from the rainy weather will probably cause the port to be opened sooner than expected. He encloses a petition from Mr. Domenico of Genoa, “a Gentleman of Character and property worthy the Confidence he petitions for.” Our vessels maintain their decided preference mentioned in former letters, and he expects their departures this year to exceed those of any preceding year.

RC (DNA: RG 59, CD); 3 p.; at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqre Secretary of State to the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 29 Nov. 1792 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) Bond of James Maury, 22 Sep. 1792, with subjoined security signed by Fontaine Maury and John Proudfit, 19 Apr. 1793 (Trs in DNA: RG 53, Register of Official Bonds, 1790–1819; at foot of text in a clerk’s hand: “These separate bonds by the Principal and his securities are approved by Thos Jefferson”). (2) Price current at Liverpool, 17 Sep. 1792 (printed form in DNA: RG 59, CD; prices entered in Maury’s hand). (3) Gaetano Drago di Domenico to Congress, 30 Apr. 1792, requesting appointment as United States consul at Genoa (RC in same). (4) Same to Maury, 30 Apr. 1792, requesting support for his petition (RC in same).

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