Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Bankson, 23 September 1793

From Benjamin Bankson

Philadelphia, Septemr. 23d. 1793.


The Letters which you will receive herewith are all that have come to the Office since your departure.

I have not yet received an answer from Genl. Moylan. His residence is in Chester County 30 miles from this City, and out of the post road, so that I fear your Letter and one I have written him have miscarried. Mr. Biddle’s Commission will expire the 26th. inst.—and from your instructions “that no time be lost”1 in ascertaining the acceptance or non acceptance of the Office by him or Major Lenox—I hope I shall be in the line of my duty in sending an Express.

Crosby left Town yesterday for a week or [ ] days—he said with your permission.

No opportunity has yet offered for Europe from this place—and as all communication is cut off between this City, New York and Baltimore, it is uncertain when one will present itself. I have the honor to be very respectfully Your most obed Servt.

B Bankson

RC (DLC); torn at seal; at foot of text: “Mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 Oct. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) Jean Antoine Gautier to TJ, 25 May 1793. (2) Grand & Cie. to TJ, 25 May 1793 (two letters). (3) William Lyall and Others to TJ, 30 June 1793. (4) Willink, Van Staphorst & Hubbard to TJ, 1 July 1793. (5) George Nicholas to TJ, 25 Aug. 1793 (not found, but see note to TJ to Nicholas, 15 July 1793). (6) Anonymous to TJ, [ca. 6 Sep. 1793]. (7) John Langdon to TJ, 9 Sep. 1793. (8) Christopher Gore to TJ, 10 Sep. 1793. (9) Edmond Charles Genet to TJ, 13, [14] Sep. 1793. (10) Genet to TJ, 14 Sep. 1793 (noted at TJ to Genet, 2 Oct. 1793). (11) Tench Coxe to TJ, 15 Sep. 1793. (12) Thomas Russell to TJ, and Russell and Others to TJ, both 15 Sep. 1793 (noted at Circular to American Merchants, 27 Aug. 1793). (13) Charles François Bournonville to TJ, 18 Sep. 1793 (noted at TJ to Bournonville, 3 Oct. 1793). (14) Patrick Kennan to TJ, 19 Sep. 1793.

1Quotation mark supplied.

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