From Thomas Pinckney
London 6 June 1794
My dear sir
Report says you are in France, if that report is founded, the interests of Madame Lafayette, on whose account your fellow citizens here are under the utmost anxiety, will of course be supported by your influence and exertions in manifesting the gratitude of our Country for the services we have received from her unfortunate Husband. I am happy to think that we may the more freely indulge this sentiment since the Virtues have been made the order of the day of the Republic; it is likewise pleasing to reflect that our gratitude on this occasion rests on grounds totally unconnected with the present politics of France.
I have only to add on this occasion my earnest wishes and those of such of my countrymen here as I have conversed with that this virtuous effusion may have on so interesting an occasion its most powerful influence and be attended with its merited success. I remain with sincere respect My dear Sir Your faithful & obedient Servant
PrC (ScHi: Pinckney Family Papers); at foot of text: “Mr. Jefferson.” Probably not received by TJ, being neither recorded in SJL nor acknowledged by him.
Virtues … the order of the day: a reference to the National Convention’s 7 May 1794 decree on the Supreme Being, which among other things provided for annual festivals in honor of a long catalogue of virtues (Stewart, French Revolution description begins John A. Stewart, A Documentary Survey of the French Revolution, New York, 1951 description ends , 526–7).