Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Fontaine Maury, 11 April 1793

To Fontaine Maury

Philadelphia Apr. 11. 1793.


The law concerning Consuls requiring that they should give bond and security for the due discharge of their office, Mr. James Maury has inclosed me his own bond, and referred me to you to obtain security for him. I therefore take the liberty of inclosing to you a blank bond which I shall be obliged to you to have filled up by two responsible persons and to be so good as to return it to me. I am Sir your very humble servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Fontaine Maury. Fredericksburg.” Tr (DLC); 19th-century copy.

Fontaine Maury (1761–1824), a Fredericksburg merchant, was the brother of James Maury, the American consul in Liverpool (VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 1893– description ends , xxvii [1919], 376). For the consular bond signed by Fontaine Maury on his brother’s behalf, see note to James Maury to TJ, 19 Sep. 1792. According to SJL, Fontaine Maury wrote a letter to TJ on 16 Jan. 1794; the same source records that TJ wrote three letters to Maury between 6 May 1799 and 21 Apr. 1800 and that Maury wrote four to TJ. None of these letters have been found.

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