Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Yznardi, Jr., 7 September 1793

To Joseph Yznardi, Jr.

Philadelphia Sep. 7. 1793.


I have duly received your favor of Aug. 25. from Boston, and am sensible of the candor of your proposition on the subject of Algiers: but our matters with them have been for some short time past in a train of settlement, the result of which however is yet unknown, and uncertain.

Captn. Roger Robbins arrived here about the middle of last month. I knew he had been detained several days at Algeziras, but I have not learnt from him the particulars.

I shall be obliged to you for a pipe of good dry Sherry, ready for drinking, such as you have perhaps seen at the house of Messrs. Viar and Jaudenes, and as you I think informed me was of the quality frequently sent to London.

Having nothing at this moment for Madrid, I have only to add my wishes for a good voyage, & assurances of the regard with which I am Sir Your most obedt. servt

Th: Jefferson

P.S. The wine to be sent to Richmond in Virginia.

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Yznardi junr.”

Joseph Yznardi, Jr., the scion of a Cadiz mercantile family who had come to the United States in January 1793 in quest of a consular appointment in that city, obtained the post the following month on the strength of letters of recommendation from William Carmichael and Nathaniel Cutting stressing his mercantile experience, his fluency in English, and his family’s influence with the Spanish court (Nathaniel Cutting to TJ, 30 Jan. 1793, and note; Memorandum on Consuls and Consular Appointments, 15 Feb. 1793). Yznardi remained in America until he embarked for Spain in March 1794; he supplied wine to TJ for many years thereafter. During much of his term as consul Yznardi was away from Cadiz, and he deputed his father, Joseph Yznardi, Sr., to act in his behalf. In February 1801 the Senate approved John Adams’s nomination of Henry Prebble to the post, but TJ did not issue a commission and instead appointed Yznardi’s father as consul later the same year (Yznardi, Sr., to Edmund Randolph, 2 Sep., 12 Nov. 1794, and to Timothy Pickering, 3 Apr. 1800, Vindication of Yznardi, Sr., [10 Nov. 1800], and Alexander J. Dallas to [Levi Lincoln?], 31 Mch. 1801, all in DNA: RG 59, CD; MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, forthcoming in The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 19 Nov. 1794, and note; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828 description ends , i, 381, 385, 403, 405).

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