From Joseph Fay
Bennington 7th. May 1793
Your favours of the 18th. and 2lst. March, I had the honor to receive, and altho I should have been happy to have had you joined our Company, yet the reasons you offer against it are highly satisfactory and such as I sincerely wish Governed all our public Servants.
I send two of the last Quebec papers, and shall send more as they come forward. If it will not give you too much trouble I should be glad to recieve the Philadelphia papers in Return. And whatever the difference in the expence shall appear I will chearfully pay.
The Acts of the last Session of Congress, and the journals of the Senate have not yet been received, those which are designed for Vermont, I would thank you to direct to my Care as I have the Governors directions to keep one set for the use of the Council, and to forward the other to him. I am Dear Sir with Sentiments of Gratitude and respect your obedient Servant
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 14 May 1793 and so recorded in SJL; notations adjacent to signature in the hand of George Taylor, Jr.: “Send Mr. Freneau’s paper” and “sent Saturday May 18. 1793.”
TJ did not reply to this letter, and Fay’s next one to him, recorded in SJL as dated 28 Nov. 1795 and received 2 Dec. 1795, has not been found.