Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Jacob Van Staphorst, 30 May 1798

To Jacob Van Staphorst

Philadelphia. May 30. 98.

Dear Sir

My friend General Kosciusko placed his funds here in the bank of Pennsylvania, under my direction, with a desire to remit the dividends arising from them regularly to Europe. as he had no particular correspondent in any [of] the great seaports of Europe, I recommended that your house [in Amsterdam] should be made the deposit, and accordingly forwarded some bills [on Amster]dam and a letter, to your house there. […]1 in any one place of Europe we took the [liberty to make your house] also the center for our correspondence. he left [this place the 5th. inst. in a] vessel bound for Oporto, from whence he meant to proceed to Paris by land, and if he is not there when you recieve this, he shortly will be. I therefore take the liberty of putting under cover to you a letter to him from myself, and [some] which came here for him after his departure. as I presume you will […] of his arrival in Paris, I must beg leave to give you the trouble [of having?] these letters delivered to him. perhaps you [could be] useful to [him] […] advising him how to draw on Amsterdam for the proceeds of the bills I forwarded to your house for collection. I think this my safest opportunity of forwarding a letter from myself to your house, covering papers of consequence which have lain by me some time for want of a safe conveyance. the situation of this country with respect to the war of Europe gives me the most solicitous concern. I hope that measures for [keeping our] peace may still be found in the prudence & the interests of all parties. permit me here to renew my assurances of a personal interest and esteem for yourself, and also for those connected with you in Amsterdam. I shall never be unmindful of your civilities or services, and remain with sentiments of constant esteem & regard Dear Sir

Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); faint; at foot of text: “Mr. Jacob Van Staphorst. Paris.”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Recorded in SJL as carried “by Volney.” Enclosures: (1) TJ to Van Staphorst & Hubbard, 30 Apr. 1798, and enclosures. (2) TJ to Tadeusz Kosciuszko, 30 May 1798, and enclosures.

1Several words illegible.

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