To Benjamin Franklin Bache
Monticello Sep. 29. 1794.
In a letter from Crosby, office keeper for the Secretary of state, he informs me you expressed some anxiety to receive the gong belonging to Mr. Franklin, the bringing of which here was the subject of a former apology to you. I have the promises of three several persons who went to China in different vessels in 1793. that they would bring me one each, and I presume I may count on their return the next summer. In the mean time Mr. Franklin’s is used here as the bell for a chateau clock which I have. I take the liberty of assuring you it is in perfect safety, that whether I recieve one or not, the next summer, it shall be then most sacredly returned, and that in case of any accident to my self, I have given notice to my family that it is the property of Mr. Franklin and is to be safely returned. Still should you require it’s immediate return, I will on receiving notice send it instantly to Richmond from whence there is a conveyance to Philadelphia every week. Retaining always the same sentiments of esteem & respect, I am Dear Sir Your most obedt. & most humble servt
RC (PHi: Dreer Collection); at foot of text: “Mr. Bache.”
The letter from Sampson Crosby, dated 11 Sep. 1794 and recorded in SJL as received from Philadelphia on 24 Sep. 1794, has not been found. SJL also records a letter from Crosby to TJ of 14 Apr. 1794, received from Philadelphia on 29 Apr. 1794, and TJ’s replies to these letters of 30 Apr. and 1 Oct. 1794, all of which are missing. For TJ’s purchase of a replacement for the gong belonging to Benjamin Franklin, see 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, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 30 Oct. 1794, 11 Dec. 1795.