Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Brown, 15 November 1792

To James Brown

Philadelphia Nov. 15. 1792.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 9th. came to hand this day. In answer to your question whether I think a vessel would be safe in her dealings at Marseilles, I beg leave to refer you to Freneau’s paper of yesterday, wherein you will find a decree of the city of Marseilles for the protection of it’s commerce, in which I own I should have full confidence. Vessels going on the faith of the invitation from the Mayor and municipality, would be entitled to peculiar protection, and I should be ready to give a certificate to yours that she goes expressly on that invitation, and recommending her to the particular patronage of the municipality. I should do the same for any other vessel going on the same ground.—How far your vessel may be safe against the Algerines is a very different question; and I could not undertake to encourage any vessel to meet that danger without a Mediterranean pass: it being by no means an established point that the U.S. will redeem seamen taken at this time. I am with great esteem Dear Sir your most obedt. humble servt.

Th: Jefferson

RC (NN); at foot of text: “Mr. James Brown.” PrC (MHi). Tr (DLC); 19thcentury copy.

For more on the decree of the city of Marseilles, see Stephen Cathalan, Jr., to TJ, 24 Aug. 1792, and note.

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