From William Branch Giles
Philadelphia March 20th. 1796
This letter will probably be presented to you by the Duke De Laincourt, who proposes by a circuitous rout to visit Monticello.
In announceing this Gentleman to you, I am perfectly satisfyed that your previous acquaintance with his history, his reputation and his connection, will render any other mention of him, than merely his name, wholly unnecessary. Be pleased to accept my most affectionate Respects &C.
Wm. B. Giles
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 22 June 1796 and so recorded in SJL.
Duke de Laincourt: François Alexandre, Duc de La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt.