Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Pinckney, 19 March 1793

From Thomas Pinckney

London 19 March 1793

Dear Sir

Finding Captn. Loxley still detained I avail myself of the opportunity thereby afforded, to inform you that I have received the paper concerning which I was sollicitous from Mr. Morris, to whom it had been sent by mistake, and that I shall observe the directions contained in your favor of the 1st. Jany. I am happy to find that circumstances have not occasioned the detention of this paper to be attended with any inconveniencies, nor is it probable from present appearances that it would have been the case for some time to come. I have the honor to be with great respect Dear Sir Your faithful and most obedient Servant

Thomas Pinckney

Gardner has no transports nor troops with him nor can any be spared from hence yet.1

RC (DNA: RG 59, DD); lacks ciphered postscript, supplied from TJ’s decipherment on verso (see note 1 below) with prefatory note in his hand: “passage on a separate paper in cypher”; at foot of text: “The Secretary of State”; endorsed by TJ as received 3 May 1793 and so recorded in SJL. PrC (ScHi: Pinckney Family Papers); with postscript in unidentified code on separate sheet. Tr (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DD); includes deciphered postscript.

The paper Pinckney received was the cipher he had inadvertently sent to Gouverneur Morris and which he used to encode the postscript to the present letter. Rear Admiral Alan Gardner had sailed from England the month before in command of a British naval squadron headed for the West Indies (DNB description begins Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds. Dictionary of National Biography, 2d ed., New York, 1908–09, 22 vols. description ends ).

1Sentence as deciphered by TJ on verso.

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