Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to F. P. Van Berckel, 4 November 1792

To F. P. Van Berckel

Philadelphia Nov. 4. 1792.


In the letter of Credence addressed by the President of the U.S. to their high mightinesses the States General of the U.N. presenting to them Mr. Short as Minister Resident for these states, an omission of title was observed. This proceeded from our want of information on that subject, and certainly not from a want either of friendship or respect. It is thought the best corrective of this error to send another letter with the proper title, to be substituted for that which was delivered. With the delivery of this we should have charged Mr. Short, but for the probability that, before it’s arrival at the Hague, he will be departed on a special mission to the court of Madrid; and we are unwilling to delay till his return the rectification of this error. Permit me therefore Sir, to ask the favor of you to become the channel of conveyance for this letter, of assurances to their High Mightinesses that their reception of Mr. Short in the mean time is considered as a new proof of their friendship, which it will be always our endeavor to reciprocate and cultivate. Accept yourself those sentiments of esteem & respect with which I have the honor to be Sir Your most obedt. & most humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Van Berkel Minister Residt of the U.N.” FC (Lb in DNA: RG 360, DL). Enclosure not found.

In a brief letter written on the following day, the Dutch minister assured TJ that he would send the corrected letter of credence for Short to the States General without delay (RC in DNA: RG 360, PCC; in French; endorsed by TJ as received 5 Nov. 1792 and so recorded in SJL).

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