Thomas Jefferson Papers

Certificate for George Taylor, Jr., 22 February 1798

Certificate for George Taylor, Jr.


I hereby certify that mr George Taylor acted as translating clerk for the French language to the Secretary of state’s office, during the latter part of the time that I was in that department: that his translations were faithful and well done, and bespoke a full degree of knowlege of that language: and that he was very diligent and assiduous in this as in all his other duties. Given under my hand this 22d. day of February 1798

Th: Jefferson

MS (B. Altman & Company, New York, 1959); entirely in TJ’s hand.

Given TJ’s practices, an SJL entry of a letter to Taylor of 22 Feb. 1798 probably refers not to this document but to a now-missing cover letter in which it was enclosed. A letter from Taylor to TJ, written and received on 20 Feb. 1798, is also recorded in SJL but has not been found.

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