Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Archibald Stuart, 31 December 1796

From Archibald Stuart

Staunton 31st. Decr. 1796.

Dr Sir

Considering the attempts which will probably be made by some of the friends of Great Britain to widen our breach with France I feel an Inclination to forward a memorial to Congress from this quarter declaring our friendly disposition towards that Nation and that If we should be compelled to take part in the European War we prefer a union with France to that of Any Other power.

Lest however such a Measure should tend to embarrass the Government or be attended with evil consequences which I do not foresee I take the liberty of Asking your advice as to the propriety of the measure under my promise of Secrecy.   Out of your Large supply of Chinese Bells I am in hopes you can spare me one without incommoding yourselfe, I mean one of the highest price and to which you will add the expence of Carriage from Philadelphia here; If so the Money shall be remited to you through Mr. S. Clarke. Mr. Cavendish has not yet returned from the assembly. I am Dr Sir yrs. most sincerely

Archd Stuart

RC (ViW); at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 Jan. 1797 and so recorded in SJL.

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